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Name  Ashikaga Yoshiharu
Role  Political figure

Parents  Ashikaga Yoshizumi
Grandchildren  Ashikaga Gijin
Ashikaga Yoshiharu
Died  May 20, 1550, Sakamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Children  Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Ashikaga Yoshiaki
People also search for  Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Ashikaga Yoshiaki, Ashikaga Yoshizumi, Ashikaga Yoshitsuna

Ashikaga Yoshiharu (足利 義晴, April 2, 1511 – May 20, 1550) was the twelfth shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who held the reins of supreme power from 1521 through 1546 during the late Muromachi period of Japan. He was the son of the eleventh shogun Ashikaga Yoshizumi.His childhood name was Kameomaru (亀王丸).


  • May 1, 1521 (Daiei 1, 25th day of the 3rd month): After the tenth shogun Ashikaga Yoshitane and Hosokawa Takakuni struggled for power over the shogunate and Yoshitane withdrew to Awaji Island, the way was clear for Minamoto-no Yoshiharu to be installed as shogun.
  • 1521 (Daiei 1, 6th month): Yoshiteru enters Kyoto.
  • 1526 (Daiei 6, 12th month): Shogun Yoshiharu invited archers from neighboring provinces to come to the capital for an archery contest.
  • Not having any political power and repeatedly being forced out of the capital of Kyoto, Yoshiharu retired in 1546 over a political struggle between Miyoshi Nagayoshi and Hosokawa Harumoto making his son Ashikaga Yoshiteru the thirteenth shogun.

  • May 20, 1550 (Tenbun 19, 4th day of the 5th month): Yoshiharu died.
  • Supported by Oda Nobunaga, his son Ashikaga Yoshiaki became the fifteenth shogun.

    From a western perspective, Yoshiharu is significant, as he was shogun in 1542, when the first contact of Japan with the European West took place. A Portuguese ship, blown off its course to China, landed in Japan.


  • Father: Ashikaga Yoshizumi
  • Mother: Hino Akiko
  • Wife: Keijuin (1514-1565),
  • Concubines:
  • Oodate Tsuneoki's daughter
  • Children:
  • Ashikaga Yoshiaki by Keijuin
  • Ashikaga Yoshiteru by Keijuin
  • Ashikaga Shuko (d.1565)
  • Shiratori Yoshihisa (d.1547)
  • daughter married Takeda Yoshimune
  • daughter married Miyoshi Yoshitsugu
  • daughter married Karasume Kosen
  • Nun in Hyokoji temple
  • Events of Yoshiharu's bakufu

    Significant events shape the period during which Yoshiharu was shogun:

  • 1521 – Hosokawa Takakuni has Yoshiharu appointed shogun.
  • 1526 – Kasai rebels, Miyoshi rebels: Go Nara succeeds.
  • 1528 – Yoshiharu driven out by Miyoshi Nagamoto.
  • 1533 – Ikkō rebellion.
  • 1536 – Go-Nara enthroned.
  • 1538 – Dissension in Koga Kubō's family.
  • 1546 – Yoshiharu flees to Ōmi; his son, Yoshiteru, appointed shogun in exile.
  • Eras of Yoshiharu's bakufu

    The years in which Yoshiharu was shogun are more specifically identified by more than one era name or nengō.

  • Daiei (1521–1528)
  • Kyōroku (1528–1532)
  • Tenbun (1532–1555)
  • References

    Ashikaga Yoshiharu Wikipedia

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