Ashikaga Yoshihisa

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Ashikaga Yoshihisa

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

Since the almost 30-year-old shogun Yoshimasa had no heir by 1464, he adopted his younger brother Ashikaga Yoshimi in order 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 Seii Taishogun to Yoshihisa.[4]


Events of Yoshihisa's bakufu[edit]

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

  • 1479 – Yoshihisa's shogunal administration begins.[1]
  • 1489 – Yoshihisa dies in camp during campaign against Sasaki Takayori; Yoshimasa resumes administration.[1]
  • 1490 – Yoshimasa dies.[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.

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

Eras of Yoshihisa's bakufu[edit]

The years in which Yoshihisa was shogun 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 0804705259. 
  4. ^ Ackroyd, p. 298; n.b., Shogun Yoshimasa was succeeded by Shogun Yoshihisa (Yoshimasa's natural son), then by Shogun Yoshitane (Yoshimasa's first adopted son), and then by Shogun 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