Konoe family

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Konoe.
Konoe family
Parent house Fujiwara clan
Titles Various
Founder Konoe Motozane
Current head Tadateru Konoe
Founding year 12th century
Dissolution still extant

Konoe family (近衛家 Konoe-ke?) is a Japanese aristocratic kin group.[1] The Konoe is a branch of the Fujiwara clan.[2]


The Konoe claim descent from Fujiwara Iezane (1179–1242).[1] The family was founded by Konoe Motozane.[citation needed]

The Konoe was one of the five Fujiwara families from which the Sesshō and Kampaku (regents) were chosen.[1] The Konoe is the original (main) branch of the Fujiwara clan.[citation needed]

Tadateru Konoe is the 50th head of the family which goes back to Kamatari Fujiwara (614-669). Michinaga Fujiwara (966-1027) was the patron and the model for Hikaru no Kimi in The Tale of Genji. They have been the main members of the Imperial Family of Japan for over 1000 years.[3]

Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe was a member of this family.[4] His brother Prince Hidemaro Konoye was a prominent conductor who founded the New Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, now the NHK Symphony Orchestra.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Konoe," Nobiliare du Japon, p. 24; retrieved 2013-8-13.
  2. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Go-sekke" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 260.
  3. ^ Sandler, Stanley. (2012). "Konoe Fumimaro (1891-1945)," World War II in the Pacific: An Encyclopedia, p. 671.
  4. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Fumimaro" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 558-559.
  5. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Sakihasa" at p. 559.
  6. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Nobutada" at p. 559.
  7. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Notuhrio" at p. 559.
  8. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Iehiro" at p. 559.
  9. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Atsumaro" at p. 558.
  10. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Atsumaro" at pp. 558-559.

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