Ashikaga Yoshimochi

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Ashikaga Yoshimochi
In this Japanese name, the family name is Ashikaga.

Ashikaga Yoshimochi (足利 義持?, March 12, 1386 – February 3, 1428) was the 4th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1394 to 1423 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshimochi was the son of the third shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.[1]

In 1394, Yoshimitsu gave up his title in favor of his young son, and Yoshimochi was formally confirmed in his office as Seii Taishogun.[1] Despite any appearance of retirement, the old shogun didn't abandon any of his powers, and Yoshimitsu continued to maintain authority over the shogunate until his death. Yoshimochi exercised unfettered power as shogun only after his father died in 1408.[2]

In 1398 – in the 6th year of the reign of King Taejong of Joseon, a diplomatic mission was sent to Japan.[3] Pak Tong-chi and his retinue arrived in Kyoto in 1398 (Ōei 5, 8th month). Shogun Yoshimochi presented the envoy with a formal diplomatic letter; and presents were given for the envoy to convey to the Joseon court.[4]

Significant events shape the period during which Yoshimochi was shogun:

Yoshimochi followed his father's example by formally ceding his powers to a young son, fifth shogun Ashikaga Yoshikazu, who was then 18.[7]

Era of Yoshimochi's bakufu[edit]

The years in which Yoshimochi was shogun are more specifically identified by more than one era name or nengō.[8]

  • Ōei (1394–1428)


  1. ^ a b Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 321., p. 321, at Google Books
  2. ^ Titsingh, p. 325., p. 325, at Google Books
  3. ^ Kang, Etsuko Hae-jin. (1997). Diplomacy and Ideology in Japanese-Korean Relations: from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century, p. 275., p. 275, at Google Books
  4. ^ Titsingh, p. 322., p. 322, at Google Books
  5. ^ a b c d e f Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) Lessons from History: the Tokushi Yoron, p. 330.
  6. ^ a b c d e Sansom, George. (1961). A History of Japan, 1334–1615, p. 142., p. 142, at Google Books
  7. ^ Titsingh, p. 329., p. 329, at Google Books
  8. ^ Titsingh, pp. 321–329., p. 321, at Google Books


Preceded by
Ashikaga Yoshimitsu
Muromachi Shogun
Succeeded by
Ashikaga Yoshikazu