Konoe Sakihisa

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Konoe.

Konoe Sakihisa (近衛 前久?) (1536 – June 7, 1612), son of regent Taneie, was a court noble of Japan. His life spanned the Sengoku, Azuchi–Momoyama, and early Edo periods. He served as kampaku-sadaijin and daijō-daijin, rising to the junior first rank. He was kampaku during the reign of Emperor Go-Nara. Nobutada was his son.

Sakihisa was active in political and military circles. He was a member of the Konoe family, a prominent branch of the Fujiwara clan. His younger sister was the wife of the daimyō Asakura Yoshikage. Sakihisa found favor with Oda Nobunaga, and accompanied him to Kōshū on his campaign against the Takeda clan. His daughter Sakiko was adopted by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and became a consort to Emperor Go-Yōzei, giving birth to his son Emperor Go-Mizunoo.

In 1582, Sakihisa received the appointment to the post of Daijō Daijin. He resigned the post later that year. In 1585, he adopted Hashiba (later Toyotomi) Hideyoshi. This gave Hideyoshi the Fujiwara legitimacy, clearing the way for his appointment as kampaku.


This article is based on 近衛前久, retrieved from the Japanese Wikipedia on July 14, 2007. The Japanese article cites the following references:

  • Kengo Taniguchi, "Rurō no Sengoku Kizoku Konoe Sakihisa Tenga Ittō ni Honsō Sareta Shōgai" (Chūkō Shinsho, 1994) ISBN 4-12-101213-5
  • Masanobu Hashimoto, "Kinsei Kuge Shakai no Kenkyū" (Yoshikawa Kōbunkan, 2002) ISBN 4-642-03378-5