Kujō Yoritsugu

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Kujō Yoritsugu (九条頼嗣?, December 17, 1239 – October 14, 1256; r. 1244–1252), also known as Fujiwara no Yoritsugu, was the fifth shogun of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan. His father was the 4th Kamakura shogun, Kujō Yoritsune and his mother was Minamoto no Yoshiko daughter of second shogun Minamoto no Yoriie and Granddaughter of First shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo.[1]

Yoritsugu was a member of the great Fujiwara clan. The Kujō family was one of the five branches of the historically powerful Fujiwara clan of courtiers.

Events of Yoritsugu shogunate[edit]

  • 1244 (Kangen 2): In the spring of this year, a number of extraordinary phenomena in the skies over Kamakura troubled Yoritsugu's father Yoritsune deeply.[2][better source needed]
  • 1244 (Kangen 2, 4th month): Yoritsugu had his coming-of-age ceremonies at age 6. In the same month, his father asked Emperor Go-Saga for permission to give up his responsibilities as shogun in favor of Yoritsugu.[2][better source needed]
  • 1245 (Kangen 3, 7th month): Yoritsune shaved his head and became a Buddhist priest.[2][better source needed]
  • 1246 (Kangen 4, 7th month): Yoritsugu married the sister of Hōjō Tsunetoki. He was seven and she was sixteen.[2][better source needed]
  • September 1, 1256 (Kōgen 1, 11th day of the 8th month): Yoritsugu's father died at age 39.[3][better source needed]
  • October 14, 1256 (Kōgen 1, 24th day of the 9th month): Yoritsugu died at the age of 18 years.[3][better source needed]

Eras of Yoritsugu's shogunate[edit]

The years in which Yoritsugu was shogun are more specifically identified by more than one era name or nengō.


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fujiwara no Yoritsugu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 212, p. 212, at Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c d Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 247., p. 247, at Google Books
  3. ^ a b Titsingh, p. 252., p. 252, at Google Books


Preceded by
Kujō Yoritsune
Kamakura Shogun:
Kujō Yoritsugu

Succeeded by
Prince Munetaka