1601: Todo Takatora becomes lord of Uwajima and builds Uwajima Castle.
1615: Hidemune, the eldest son of Date “Dokuganryu” Masamune is granted 100,000-goku of land by the Tokugawa Shogunate. With this, Hidemune establishes the Uwajima Clan, turning the area into a 100,000-goku castle town of the Date family.
By the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate, the Uwajima Clan had risen to great political importance. Historical figures such as Takano Choei and Murata Zoroku (later Omura Masujiro) stayed in Uwajima upon invitation from Date Munenari “The Wise” and contributed to the modernization of Japan.
Uwajima is a regional city that preserves the fragrant culture of “Date of the Nankai Sea” who ruled over Uwajima for 256 years.
The area is famous for its distinct food culture such as “jakoten (deep-fried fish paste)” as well as “bull fighting” and the unusual folklore festival of “Ushioni (literally cow-demon.)”