Born in modern-day Ibaragi City, Osaka, in 1542, the daimyo Nakagawa Kiyohide, also known as Nakagawa Toranosuke in his childhood and commonly referred to as Nakagawa Sebe, began his journey in the service of Ikeda Katsumasa, the daimyo of Settsu (now spanning Osaka and Hyogo Prefectures). However, he later sought independence.

In 1568, when Oda Nobunaga seized Kyoto under the pretext of aiding the Ashikaga Shogunate, the Ikeda clan, and Nakagawa Kiyohide's forces opposed him. Overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of Oda forces, both Kiyohide and Ikeda Katsumasa surrendered. Another encounter with Nobunaga occurred in 1578 when Araki Murashige of Itami Castle rebelled. Kiyohide followed suit, prompting Nobunaga to amass a formidable attack force. Once again, Kiyohide surrendered and, in an effort to reconcile with Nobunaga, turned his forces against the Araki clan. Pardoned by Nobunaga, Kiyohide subsequently served under Niwa Nagashige and Ikeda Tsuneoki, participating in several battles.

After Nobunaga's death in 1582, Kiyohide remained loyal to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, contributing to the Battle of Yamazaki. However, in the following year, during the Battle of Shizugatake, Nakagawa Kiyohide met his end while defending Oiwayama Toride, a small fort, falling to the forces led by Shibata Katsuie's general, Sakuma Morimasa.

Kiyohide's younger sister married Furuta Shigenari (Furuta Oribe), and his sons included Hidemasa, who married Oda Nobunaga's daughter, Tsuruhime, and Hidenari, who became the Daimyo of Oka (Oita in Kyushu).


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