Shihōin Clan
Shihōin family seal
Family Head Yūshirō Shihōin
Family Seat Shihōin Clan Manor, Seireitei, Soul Society
Affiliation Onmitsukidō, 2nd Division, Gotei 13, Soul Society
Specialty Caretakers of the Hōgu and Bugu.

The Shihōin Clan (四楓院家, Shihōin-ke; lit. "Shihōin family") is one of the Four Great Noble families of Soul Society.


By tradition, the head of the Shihōin family leads the Onmitsukidō. Also known as the Tenshiheisōban (天賜兵装番, Guardian of Imperial Soldier Garments; Viz "Defender of the Realm"),[1] they are the Caretakers of the Hōgu (宝具, Treasured Tools) and Bugu (武具, Armaments) said to have been bestowed on them by the gods.[2]

Every generation the head of the Shihōin is tasked to protect the Tenshiheisō (天賜兵装, Imperial Soldier Garments), an incredible spiritual tool that is said to have been handed down from the Heavens.[3] If they attain a captain seat in the Gotei 13, the Onmitsukidō are led under that captaincy as well.

Clan Structure


Family Members

Shihōin Clan
Name Title Relation Status
Yoruichi Shihōin22nd Head of the Shihōin Clan Older Sister of YūshirōAlive
Yūshirō Shihōin23rd Head of the Shihōin Clan Younger Brother of YoruichiAlive


Shihōin Clan Retainers
Name Job Status
Suì-FēngCommander-in-Chief of the Onmitsukidō & Corps Commander of the Executive MilitiaAlive
Marechiyo ŌmaedaCorps Commander of the Patrol Corps of the OnmitsukidōAlive



Ukitake with the Shihōin Shield.

  • Shihōin Shield (四楓院家の紋, Shihōin-ke no Mon; lit. "Shihōin Family's Seal"): the device used by Jūshirō Ukitake and Shunsui Kyōraku to destroy the Sōkyoku. It is a large, shield-like item with the Shihōin family crest stamped on it and a long cord connected to it. When the cord is wrapped around the Sōkyoku and two Zanpakutō are stabbed into two vertical slots running from its top, their Reiryoku flows through the cord and destroys the Sōkyoku. The Shield is normally kept under a seal for some form of protective purposes.[4]


  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 159, page 7
  2. "Bleach": Official Bootleg KaraBuri+, page 82
  3. Bleach: Official Character Book SOULs
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 151, pages 11-16
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