Maeda Harunaga
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Maeda Harunaga

Maeda Harunaga
Native name
Born(1741-11-30)November 30, 1741
DiedJuly 7, 1786(1786-07-07) (aged 44)
PredecessorMaeda Shigemichi
SuccessorMaeda Narinaga
  • Maeda Yoshinori (father)
10th Daimy? of Kaga Domain


Maeda Harunaga ( , February 4, 1745 - February 10, 1810) was an Edo period Japanese samurai, and the 10th daimy? of Kaga Domain in the Hokuriku region of Japan. He was the 11th hereditary chieftain of the Kanazawa Maeda clan.

Harunaga was born in Kanazawa as Tokijiro (), the tenth son of Maeda Yoshinori. His mother was a concubine and he as initially destined for the J?do Shinsh? priesthood, and was ordained as a priest at the temple of Sh?k?-ji in Toyama in 1746; however, with so many of his brothers dying untimely deaths during the O-Ie S?d? known as the "Kaga S?d?" he returned to secular life in 1768 under the name of Maeda Toshiari (). In 1771, his brother Maeda Shigemichi officially retired, and he became daimy?. He was received in formal audience by Sh?gun Tokugawa Ieharu the same year, and was granted a kanji from Ieharu's name, becoming Maeda Harunaga.

In 1792, he established the Kaga Domain's han school, Meirin-d?, and is also noted for restoring the famed Kenroku-en gardens.

Shigemichi had a son, Maeda Naritaka, after he retired, whom Harunaga adopted in 1791; however, he died in 1795. Harunaga then adopted Shigemichi's second son, Maeda Narinaga. Although Harunaga married a daughter of Maeda Toshimichi and had his own son, Toshinobu in 1800, when he retired, he turned the domain over to Shigemichi's son, Narinaga. Narinaga then adopted Toshimichi as heir, but Toshimichi died in 1805. Harunaga lived to 1810.


  • Father: Maeda Yoshinori (1690-1745)
  • Mother: Onatsu no Kata later Jusei'in
  • Wife: Maeda Masahime
  • Concubine: Ito no Kata later Chikoin
  • son: Maeda Toshinobu (1800-1805) by Ito
  • Adopted Sons:


  • Papinot, Edmond. (1948). Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan. New York: Overbeck Co.

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