Fujiwara no Kanezane

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Fujiwara no Kanezane by Kikuchi Yōsai

Fujiwara no Kanezane (藤原 兼実, 1149 – May 3, 1207), also known as Kujō Kanezane (九条 兼実), is the founder of the Kujō family (at the encouragement of Minamoto no Yoritomo), although some sources cite Fujiwara no Morosuke (908-960) as its founder.

Kanezane organised the compilation of the Kitano Tenjin Engi, the history of the Kitano Shrine.

In April 1186 he became regent[1] and in 1189 was appointed Chief Minister.

A descendant of Fujiwara no Michinaga's line, he was the son of Fujiwara no Tadamichi, and his brother, Jien was the author of the historical work Gukanshō. He had at least two children, Yoshitsune and Taeko, who was at one point a consort of Emperor Go-Toba.

Among his sons were Kujō Yoshimichi (九条 良通, 1167-1188), Kujō Yoshisuke (九条 良輔, 1185-1218), Kujō Yoshihira (九条 良平, 1185-1240) and Yoshitsune.

In 1202 he ordained as a Buddhist monk and took on the Dharma name Enshō (円証).



  1. ^ Sansom, George (1958). A History of Japan to 1334. Stanford University Press. p. 322-324. ISBN 0804705232.