from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A feudatory vassal of the Tokugawa shoguns of Japan.


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  • The blood of the "hatamoto" samurai could be traced to

    Botchan (Master Darling)

  • Mere paces ahead of them was a phalanx of hatamoto, spears and swords in their hands, formed in an orderly, protective square.

    Blood Ninja II

  • The hatamoto took the bait—leaned toward him, looking down at his hand.

    Blood Ninja II

  • He had ordered the hatamoto to kill himself, and then he had himself taken on the command of the guns.

    Blood Ninja II

  • For an instant the madness paused—it seemed some of the hatamoto had seen him look into the ball, then seen the lightning strike, and had connected the two.

    Blood Ninja II

  • “Liar,” said the big man, evidently a hatamoto, judging by the spear he carried with the Oda mon on a small pennant—and so a prominent member of the Oda hierarchy.

    Blood Ninja II

  • She was just a girl, but she wore the colors of a hatamoto, and she carried a Masamune sword—a priceless sword of violence, made by the master of the bloodthirsty weapon.

    Blood Ninja II

  • The Ikko-ikki were pressing the hatamoto back—though Taro saw another band of samurai break off from the assault on the mountain and come running toward them, as fast as their heavy armor would allow.

    Blood Ninja II

  • But you really mean the hatamoto, the higher-ranking warriors.

    206 BONES

  • Made _hatamoto_ with fief of four hundred _koku_ he was as well liked by his greater lord as when in the humbler service of a _daimyo [u] _.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House), Retold from the Japanese Originals Tales of the Tokugawa, Volume 2


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