Ashikaga Yoshihisa

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Ashikaga Yoshihisa

Ashikaga Yoshihisa (足利 義尚, December 11, 1465 – April 26, 1489) was the 9th shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1473 to 1489 during the Muromachi period of Japan.[1] Yoshihisa was the son of the eighth shōgun Ashikaga Yoshimasa with his wife Hino Tomiko.[2]

Since the almost 30-year-old shōgun Yoshimasa had no heir by 1464, he adopted his younger brother Ashikaga Yoshimi to succeed him. However, Yoshihisa was born in the next year starting a struggle for succession between brothers that erupted into the Ōnin War starting in 1467,[3] beginning the Sengoku period of Japanese history. In the middle of hostilities, Yoshimasa retired in 1473, relinquishing the position of Sei-i Taishōgun to Yoshihisa.[4]


Events of Yoshihisa's bakufu[edit]

Significant events shape the period during which Yoshihisa was shōgun:[1]

After the Ōnin war, Rokkaku Takayori, daimyō of southern Ōmi Province, seized land and manors owned by nobles of the imperial court, temples, and shrines. In 1487, Yoshihisa led a campaign (Rokkaku Tobatsu) against Takayori but died unexpectedly, leaving no heir.[citation needed]

Yoshihisa was followed by his cousin, tenth shōgun Ashikaga Yoshitane, the following year.

Eras of Yoshihisa's bakufu[edit]

The years in which Yoshihisa was shōgun are more specifically identified by more than one era name or nengō.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) Lessons from History: The Tokushi Yoron, p. 331.
  2. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 357., p. 357, at Google Books
  3. ^ Sansom, George (1961). A History of Japan, 1334–1615. Stanford University Press. pp. 217–229. ISBN 978-0-8047-0525-7.
  4. ^ Ackroyd, p. 298; n.b., Shōgun Yoshimasa was succeeded by shōgun Yoshihisa (Yoshimasa's natural son), then by shōgun Yoshitane (Yoshimasa's first adopted son), and then by shōgun Yoshizumi (Yoshimasa's second adopted son)
  5. ^ Titsingh, pp. 357–361, p. 357, at Google Books


Preceded by
Ashikaga Yoshimasa
Ashikaga Yoshihisa

Succeeded by
Ashikaga Yoshitane