Kyōgoku Takakazu (d. 1441)

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Kyōgoku Takakazu(京極 高数) (died 12 July 1441) was a Japanese noble member of the Kyōgoku Clan (Japanese: 京極氏(Kyōgoku-shi)) of Japan who served the shōgun Ashikaga Yoshinori.

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Family Origins

The Kyōgoku Clan claimed their noble descent from Emperor Uda (868–897). The clan rose to prominence during the Sengoku and Edo periods when they would become a daimyō clan. A later Kyōgoku Takakazu became daimyō and head of the Kyōgoku clan in 1637.

Emperor Uda Japanese emperor

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Sengoku period Period in Imperial Japan

The Sengoku period is a period in Japanese history marked by social upheaval, political intrigue and near-constant military conflict. Japanese historians named it after the otherwise unrelated Warring States period in China. It was initiated by the Ōnin War, which collapsed the Japanese feudal system under the Ashikaga shogunate, and came to an end when the system was re-established under the Tokugawa shogunate by Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Edo period period of Japanese history

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Kyōgoku Takakazu was named the Shugo of Yamashiro Province from 1421 to 1423. He was succeeded in this position by a member of the Kyōgoku clan, Kyōgoku Mochimitsu, though it is unclear whether the two were directly related.[ citation needed ]

Shugo (守護) was a title, commonly translated as "(military) governor", "protector" or "constable", given to certain officials in feudal Japan. They were each appointed by the shōgun to oversee one or more of the provinces of Japan. The position gave way to the emergence of the daimyōs in the late 15th century, as shugo began to claim power over lands themselves, rather than serving simply as governors on behalf of the shogunate.

Yamashiro Province province of Japan

Yamashiro Province was a province of Japan, located in Kinai. It overlaps the southern part of modern Kyoto Prefecture on Honshū. Aliases include Jōshū(城州), the rare Sanshū(山州), and Yōshū(雍州). It is classified as an upper province in the Engishiki.

Kyōgoku clan Japanese clan. descend from the Uda Genji through the Sasaki clan

The Kyōgoku clan were a Japanese daimyō clan which rose to prominence during the Sengoku and Edo periods. The clan descend from the Uda Genji through the Sasaki clan. The name derives from the Kyōgoku quarter of Kyoto during the Heian period.

Kyōgoku Takakazu was killed in 1441 during the Kakitsu no Hen, a rebellion during which the shōgun Ashikaga Yoshinori was assassinated by disaffected vassals at a dinner banquet hosted by Akamatsu Mitsusuke, one of the vassals who had been stripped of his lands and titles. Kyōgoku Takakazu died defending the Shogun along with Ōuchi Mochiyo (1394–1441) [1] head of the Ōuchi clan who died later of his wounds on 28 July 1441. Kyōgoku Takakazu died during the incident on 12 July 1441 as he was cut down by Mitsusuke soldiers. [2] [3] [4]

Kakitsu Japanese era

Kakitsu (嘉吉) was a Japanese era name after Eikyō and before Bun'an. This period spanned the years from February 1441 through February 1444. The reigning emperor was Go-Hanazono-tennō (後花園天皇).

<i>Shōgun</i> de facto military dictator of feudal Japan (1185-1868)

The Shōgun was the military dictator of Japan during the period from 1185 to 1868. In most of this period, the shōguns were the de facto rulers of the country, although nominally they were appointed by the Emperor as a ceremonial formality. The shōguns held almost absolute power over territories through military means.

Ashikaga Yoshinori 6th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate

Ashikaga Yoshinori was the sixth shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1429 to 1441 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshinori was the son of the third shōgun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. His childhood name was Harutora (春寅).

See also

Preceded by
Isshiki Yoshitsura
Shugo of Yamashiro Province
Succeeded by
Kyōgoku Mochimitsu

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