Tokudaiji Kin'ito

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Tokudaiji Kin'ito
徳大寺 公純
Takatsukasa Sukekimi

(1821-12-22)December 22, 1821
DiedNovember 5, 1883(1883-11-05) (aged 61)
Occupation Kugyō

Tokudaiji Kin'ito (徳大寺 公純, 22 December 1821 – 5 November 1883) was a Japanese kugyō during the Bakumatsu period. [1] He was the son of Takatsukasa Masamichi and a daughter of Tokugawa Harutoshi. He was also the adopted son of Tokudaiji Sanekata. Amongst his children were Tokudaiji Sanetsune, [2] Saionji Kinmochi, [3] [4] Suehiro Takemaro and Sumitomo Tomoito. [5] [6]

In 1850, Kin'ito became a dainagon . He was made a gisō in 1857. [7] [8]

In 1858, Emperor Kōmei appointed Kin'ito and Ichijō Tadaka as his emissaries to Ise Grand Shrine. [9] After the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, Kin'ito was purged by Ii Naosuke during the Ansei Purge for fifty days because he opposed the rights of the treaty. However, he was forgiven after one month.

Kin'ito then promoted the kōbu gattai policy with Nijō Nariyuki [10] and opposed the marriage between Princess Kazu and Tokugawa Iemochi, for which he resigned under pressure from the shogunate. [11] After that, he returned and became a shissei. His public duties were also being targeted in political fluctuations, and in 1863, his vassals were killed by rōnin who opposed the civil war.

After the Meiji Restoration, Tokudaiji remained in Kyoto. He died in 1883. [12]

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