Tokugawa Iesada

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Tokugawa Iesada is featured in the 2008 NHK taiga drama Atsuhime , which chronicles the life of his wife Tenshō-in. He is portrayed by Masato Sakai. Iesada's portrayal in this series (unlike most other characterizations of him as an imbecile), [10] presents a romanticized (and largely-fictionalized) image him as a reasonable, if weak-willed individual, whose interactions with his wife Atsuhime pushed him to exert effort into his work as shōgun .


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  7. " Local agrarian societies in colonial India: Japanese perspectives. ". Kaoru Sugihara, Peter Robb, Haruka Yanagisawa (1996). p 313.
  8. Jansen, Marius B. and John Whitney Hall, eds. (1989). The Cambridge History of Japan, p. 316.
  9. "Genealogy". Reichsarchiv (in Japanese). 6 May 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  10. See, for example, other contemporary taiga dramas such as Shinsengumi! , Ryōmaden and Yae no Sakura which exaggerates his oddities and the apocryphal story of him chasing a duck within the Edo Castle compound.

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