Yoshinori Ashikaga

Yoshinori Ashikaga (1394 - 1441)

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Ashikaga Yoshinori (足利 義教, July 12, 1394 – July 12, 1441) was the 6th shogun (rokudai shogun) of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1429 to 1441 during the Muromachi period of Japan.[1] Yoshinori was the son of the third shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.


Yoshinori was notorious for his oppressive measures and unpredictable dictatorial whims. Yoshinori was assassinated by the Akamatsu family of military governors who invited him to a Noh performance at their residence and assassinated him during the evening play. Yoshinori was 48[2] at the age of his assassination which was organized by Akamatsu Mitsusuke, who had learned that Yoshinori planned to bestow on a youthful male favorite three provinces belonging to Mitsusuke; shortly thereafter, it was determined that his 8-year-old son, Yoshikatsu, would become the new shogun.


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshinori
  2. Yoshinori (b. 1394 – d. 1441) = 48yrs. In this period, "children were considered one year old at birth and became two the following New Year's Day; and all people advanced a year that day, not on their actual birthday."

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