Kujō Yoritsugu

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Kujō".

Kujō Yoritsugu (九条頼嗣?, December 17, 1239 – October 14, 1256; r. 1244–1252), also known as Fujiwara no Yoritsugu, was the fifth shogun of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan. His father was the 4th Kamakura shogun, Kujō Yoritsune.[1]

Yoritsugu was a member of the great Fujiwara clan. The Kujō family was one of the five branches of the historically powerful Fujiwara clan of courtiers.

Events of Yoritsugu shogunate[edit]

  • 1244 (Kangen 2): In the spring of this year, a number of extraordinary phenomena in the skies over Kamakura troubled Yoritsune deeply.[2]
  • 1244 (Kangen 2, 4th month): Yoritsune's son, Yoritsugu, had his coming-of-age ceremonies at age 6. In the same month, Yoritsune asked Emperor Go-Saga for permission to give up his responsibilities as shogun in favor of his son, Kujō Yoritsugu.[2]
  • 1245 (Kangen 3, 7th month): Yoshitsune shaved his head and became a Buddhist priest.[2]
  • 1246 (Kangen 4, 7th month): Yoritsune's son, then Shogun Yoritsugu (who was only 7 years old) married the sister of Hōjō Tsunetoki, who was herself only 16 years old.[2]
  • September 1, 1256 (Kōgen 1, 11th day of the 8th month): Kujō Yoritsune, also known as Fujiwara Yoritsune, died at the age of 39 years.[3]
  • October 14, 1256 (Kōgen 1, 24th day of the 9th month): Yoritsune's son and successor as Kamakura shogun, Kujō Yoritsugu, also known as Fujiwara Yoritsugu, died at the age of 18 years.[3]

Eras of Yoritsugu's shogunate[edit]

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


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fujiwara no Yoritsugu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 212, p. 212, at Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c d Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 247., p. 247, at Google Books
  3. ^ a b Titsingh, p. 252., p. 252, at Google Books


Preceded by
Kujō Yoritsune
Kamakura Shogun:
Kujō Yoritsugu

Succeeded by
Prince Munetaka