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Kamehime (亀姫, 27 July 1560 - 1 August 1625) was a Japanese woman from the Sengoku period. She was the eldest daughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu with his wife, Lady Tsukiyama.[1] She married Okudaira Nobumasa and he was given Nagashino Castle. She is known to have acted actively in the Siege of Nagashino.[2] Kamehime helped her husband and Torii Suneemon on the mission to cross the enemy army to request aid to her father, Ieyasu in Okazaki and defended the Nagashino castle.[3] After Ieyasu's death she had a large part in the overthrow of Honda Masazumi whom she disliked[2].

In 1625, Kamehime died at age 66, her Buddhist name was Seitokuin and her remains were buried in Kokoku-ji Temple.



Since April 2008, Kamehime has been characterized as a navigator for a municipal administration program produced in Shinshiro City , Aichi Prefecture. The street in front of Kokoku-ji Temple, where her grave is located, has been maintained as “Kamehime-dori” following the redevelopment work in front of Shinshiro Station.


  1. ^ Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. Nanzan Institiute for Religion and Culture. 1997. p. 379. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Sadler, A. L. (2010). The Maker of Modern Japan: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Routledge. ISBN 1136924701. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  3. ^ Pitelka, Morgan (2015). Spectacular Accumulation: Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai Sociability. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824857349. Retrieved 10 October 2017.