Go-Hatamoto were the lion armies. It was made of fourty eight Daibutai, with a total fighting strength of fifty one thousand one hundred troops, led by a Rikugunshokan. Deployment of a Go-Hatamoto was intended to give it commander the greatest advantage in battle. [1] The Ikoma and Akodo families both maintained a single army, and the Matsu family maintained two. [2]


  1. Way of the Lion, p. 98
  2. Masters of War, p. 71

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