Hino Tomiko

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Hino Tomiko (日野 富子, 1440 – June 30, 1496) was daughter of Hino Shigemasa and the official wife of Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the 8th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate, and the mother of Ashikaga Yoshihisa, the 9th shogun. She sought the help of Yamana Sōzen in support of her son's claim to the shogunate, and in opposition to the claim of Yoshimasa's younger brother, Ashikaga Yoshimi. Her efforts in this succession dispute are seen as one of the causes of the Ōnin War.[1]

She had her first child at ninth day of the first month 1459 however the child died at same day. Later she placed the blame for the child death to wet nurse, Imaimairi no Tsubone later exiled to Oki Island on Lake Biwa and committed suicide.

In popular culture[edit]

She has been the subject of novels by Ryōtarō Shiba and Michiko Nagai. She also become subject In novel named "Fuyu No Rakijatsu" by Eri Kawamaru. Hino Tomiko was a central character in the NHK Taiga drama Hana no Ran.[2]


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