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Ashikaga clan

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Titles  Various
Final ruler  Ashikaga Yoshiaki
Ashikaga clan
Parent house  Seiwa Genji (Minamoto clan)
Founder  Minamoto no Yoshiyasu (Ashikaga Yoshiyasu)
Ruled until  1573, Ashikaga shogunate deposed by Oda Nobunaga
Cadet branches  Hosokawa clan Imagawa clan Hatakeyama clan (restored line) Kira clan Shiba clan Hachisuka clan others


The Ashikaga clan (足利氏, Ashikaga-shi) was a prominent Japanese samurai clan which established the Muromachi shogunate and ruled Japan from roughly 1336 to 1573.

The Ashikaga were descended from a branch of the Minamoto clan, deriving originally from the town of Ashikaga in Shimotsuke province (modern-day Tochigi prefecture).

For about a century the clan was divided in two rival branches, the Kantō Ashikaga, who ruled from Kamakura, and the Kyōto Ashikaga, rulers of Japan. The rivalry ended with the defeat of the first in 1439. The clan had many notable branch clans, including the Hosokawa, Imagawa, Hatakeyama (after 1205), Kira, Shiba, and Hachisuka clans. After the head family of the Minamoto clan died out during the early Kamakura period, the Ashikaga came to style themselves as the head of the Minamoto, coopting the prestige which came with that name.

Another Ashikaga clan, not related by blood, and derived instead from the Fujiwara clan, also existed.

Notable

  • Ashikaga Chachamaru
  • Ashikaga Masatomo
  • Ashikaga Mitsukane
  • Ashikaga Mochiuji
  • Ashikaga Motouji
  • Ashikaga Satouji
  • Ashikaga Shigeuji
  • Ashikaga Tadafuyu
  • Ashikaga Tadayoshi
  • Ashikaga Tadatsuna
  • Ashikaga Ujimitsu
  • Ashikaga Yoshimi
  • References

    Ashikaga clan Wikipedia


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