Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Yanagisawa".
Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu

Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu (柳沢 吉保?, December 31, 1658 – December 8, 1714) was a Japanese samurai of the Edo period. He was an official in the Tokugawa shogunate and he was a favorite of the fifth shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.[1]

Career[edit]

He served Tsunayoshi from an early age, becoming his wakashu and eventually rose to the position of soba yōnin. He was the daimyo of the Kawagoe han, and later of the Kofu han; he retired in 1709. Having previously been named Yasuakira, he received a kanji from the name of the shogun, and came to call himself Yoshiyasu. He built Rikugien Garden, traditional Japanese garden in 1695.

Yanagisawa played a pivotal role in the matter of the 47 Ronin.

Cultural references[edit]

Yanagisawa appears as a character in most of the novels by American mystery writer Laura Joh Rowland set in Genroku-era Japan as the antagonist to the books' main character Sano Ichiro. Rowland's chronology differs from history by having Yanagisawa exiled in disgrace in 1694 and being replaced by Sano as Tsunayoshi's chief advisor, only to return from exile later in the series. Other details of Yanagisawa's life, however, are portrayed fairly accurately, including his relationship to the shogun.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 1048, p. 1048, at Google Books; n.b., Louis-Frédéric is pseudonym of Louis-Frédéric Nussbaum, see Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Authority File.

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Preceded by
Matsudaira Nobuteru
1st Lord of Kawagoe
(Yanagisawa)

1694-1704
Succeeded by
Akimoto Takatomo
Preceded by
Tokugawa Tsunatoyo
1st Lord of Kōfu
(Yanagisawa)

1704-1709
Succeeded by
Yanagisawa Yoshisato