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Kinkakuji Temple, the Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji , originated as the villa of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.

ASHIKAGA YOSHIMITSU (足利 義満, September 25, 1358 – May 31, 1408) was the 3RD SHOGUN of the Ashikaga shogunate , who was in power from 1368 to 1394 during the Muromachi period of Japan
Japan
. Yoshimitsu was appointed shogun, hereditary head of the military estate, in 1368 at the age of ten; at twenty he was admitted to the imperial court as Acting Grand Counselor (_Gon Dainagon_ 権大納言). In 1379, Yoshimitsu reorganized the institutional framework of the Gozan Zen 五山禅 establishment before, two years later, becoming the first person of warrior pedigree to host a reigning emperor at his private residence. In 1392, he negotiated the end of the Nanboku-chō imperial schism that had plagued politics for over half a century. Two years later he became Grand Chancellor of State (_Dajō daijin_ 太政大臣), the highest-ranking member of the imperial court. Retiring from that and all public offices in 1395, Yoshimitsu took the tonsure and moved into his Kitayama-dono (北山殿) retirement villa which, among other things, boasted a pavilion covered in gold leaf (_Kinkaku shariden_ 金閣舎利殿). There, he received envoys from the Ming and Joseon courts on at least six occasions and forged the terms of a Sino-Japanese trade agreement that endured for over a century. In recognition for his diplomatic efforts (and overt displays of subservience), the Chinese sovereign pronounced Yoshimitsu "King of Japan" (Nihon kokuō 日本国王). In 1407, he set into motion a plan to become "Dajō tenno" (太上天皇), a title customarily applied to a retired emperor. Although unrealized due to his sudden death the following year, this last venture was particularly audacious because Yoshimitsu never actually sat on the Japanese throne.

CONTENTS

* 1 Timeline * 2 Muromachi * 3 Family * 4 Eras of Yoshimitsu\'s _bakufu_ * 5 Notes * 6 References * 7 External links

TIMELINE

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Significant events shape the period during which Yoshimitsu was shogun:

* 1368 – Yoshimitsu appointed shogun; Chōkei ascends southern throne. * 1369 – Kusunoki Masanori defects to Ashikaga. * 1370 – Imagawa Sadayo sent to subdue Kyushu. * 1371 – Attempts to arrange truce. * 1373–1406 – Embassies between China and Japan. * 1374 – En\'yū ascends northern throne. * 1378 – Yoshimitsu builds the Muromachi palace in Kyoto's elite district of Kamigyo, on the site of the former residence of the nobleman Saionji Sanekane. * 1379 – Shiba Yoshimasa becomes _ Kanrei _. * 1380 – Kusunoki Masanori rejoins Kameyama ; southern army suffers reverses. * 1382 – Go-Komatsu ascends northern throne; resurgence of southern army. * 1383 – Yoshimitsu's honors; Go-Kameyama ascends southern throne.

* 1385 – Southern army defeated at Koga . * 1387–1389 – Dissension in Toki family in Mino . * 1389 – Yoshimitsu pacifies Kyūshū and distributes lands; Yoshimitsu opposed by Kamakura _kanrei_ Ashikaga Ujimitsu . * 1390 – Kusunoki defeated; Yamana Ujikiyo chastises Tokinaga. * 1391 – Yamana Ujikyo attacks Kyoto
Kyoto
Meitoku War. * 1392 – Northern and Southern courts reconciled under Go-Komatsu . * 1394 – Yoshimitsu officially cedes his position to his son; Ashikaga Yoshimochi appointed shogun. * 1396 – Imagawa Sadayo dismissed. * 1397 – Uprising in Kyūshū suppressed. * 1398 – Muromachi administration organized. * 1399 – Ōuchi Yoshihiro and Ashikaga Mitsukane rebel – Ōei War. * 1402 – Uprising in Mutsu suppressed. * 1404 – Yoshimitsu is recognized as _Nippon Koku-Ō_ (King of Japan) by Emperor of China . * 1408 – Yoshimitsu dies.

MUROMACHI

Yoshimitsu constructed his residence in the Muromachi section in the capital of Kyoto
Kyoto
in 1378. As a result, in Japanese, the Ashikaga shogunate and the corresponding time period are often referred to as the Muromachi shogunate and Muromachi period.

Yoshimitsu resolved the rift between the Northern and Southern Courts in 1392, when he persuaded Go-Kameyama of the Southern Court to hand over the Imperial Regalia to Emperor Go-Komatsu of the Northern Court. Yoshimitsu's greatest political achievement was that he managed to bring about the end to _ Nanboku-chō _ fighting. This event had the effect of firmly establishing the authority of the Muromachi shogunate and suppressing the power of the regional age daimyo who might challenge that central authority.

Although Yoshimitsu retired in 1394 and his son was confirmed as the fourth shogun Ashikaga Yoshimochi , the old shogun did not abandon any of his powers. Yoshimitsu continued to maintain authority over the shogunate until his death.

Yoshimitsu also played a major role in the genesis of Noh theatre, as the patron of Zeami Motokiyo , the actor considered to be Noh's founder.

Yoshimitsu died suddenly in 1408 at age 50. After his death, his retirement villa (near Kyoto) became Rokuon-ji , which today is famous for its three-storied, gold-leaf covered reliquary known as "Kinkaku". So famous is this single structure, in fact, that the entire temple itself is often identified as the Kinkaku-ji , the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. A statue of Yoshimitsu is found there today.

FAMILY

* Father: Ashikaga Yoshiakira * Mother: Kino Yoshiko (1336-1413) * Wife: Hino Nariko (1351-1405)

* Concubines:

* Ichijo no Tsubone * Hino Yasuko (1369-1419) * Fujiwara no Yoshiko (1358-1399) * Kaga no Tsubone (d.1422) * Kasuga no Tsubone * Nefu'in (1370-1421) * Fujiwara no Kyoko (1369-1406) * Fujiwara no Tomoko (d.1426) * Keijun'in * Takahashi-dono (d.1429) * Ikegami-dono (d.1426)

* Children:

* a daughter by Nariko * Ashikaga Yoshimochi by Yoshiko * Ashikaga Yoshinori by Yoshiko * Ashikaga Yoshitsugu (1394-1418) by Kasuga * Daiji-in Sei (1395-1433) by Nefu'in * Gisho (1406-1467) by Tomoko * Irie Juzen (1397-1415) by Yoshiko * Sonman by Kaga * Hodo (1385-1387) by Kaga * a boy (1394-1436) by Kyoko * Daijin'in Sei (1396-1453) by Kyoko * a daughter married Rokkaku Mitsutsuna * Kaji Yoshiaki (1406-1467) by Tomoko * Koshoin by Keijun'in * a daughter by Ikegami * Kozan Eiryu (1403-1442) by Ikegami *

ERAS OF YOSHIMITSU\'S _BAKUFU_

The years in which Yoshimitsu was shogun are more specifically identified by more than one era name or _nengō _. _NANBOKU-CHō_ SOUTHERN COURT

* Eras as reckoned by legitimate Court (as determined by Meiji rescript):

* _ Shōhei _ (1346–1370) * _ Kentoku _ (1370–1372) * _ Bunchū _ (1372–1375) * _ Tenju _ (1375–1381) * _Kōwa _ (1381–1384) * _ Genchū _ (1384–1393)

_NANBOKU-CHō_ NORTHERN COURT

* Eras as reckoned by pretender Court (as determined by Meiji rescript):

* _ Ōan _ (1368–1375) * _ Eiwa _ (1375–1379) * _ Kōryaku _ (1379–1381) * _ Eitoku _ (1381–1384) * _ Shitoku _ (1384–1387) * _ Kakei _ (1387–1389) * _ Kōō _ (1389–1390) * _ Meitoku _ (1390–1393)‡

_POST-NANBOKU-CHō_ REUNIFIED COURT

* Eras merged as _Meitoku_ 3 replaced _Genchū_ 9 as Go-Kameyama abdicated.

* _ Meitoku _ (1393–1384)‡ * _ Ōei _ (1394–1428)

NOTES

* ^ Stavros, Matthew, and Norika Kurioka. "Imperial Progress to the Muromachi Palace, 1381 A Study and Annotated Translation of Sakayuku Hana". _ Japan
Japan
Review_ 28 (2015): 3–46. http://www.jstor.org/stable/43684115 * ^ Sansom, George (1961). _A History of Japan, 1334-1615_. Stanford University Press. pp. 108–109. ISBN 0804705259 . * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _G_ _H_ _I_ _J_ _K_ _L_ _M_ _N_ Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) _Lessons from History: The "Tokushi Yoron",_ p. 329. * ^ Stavros, Matthew. (2009) "Locational Pedigree and Warrior Status in Medieval Kyoto: The Residences of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu", in _Japanese Studies_ (vol. 29, no. 1, May) p. 8. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _G_ _H_ _I_ Ackroyd, p. 330. * ^ Titsingh, _p. 321._, p. 321, at Google Books * ^ Morton, W. Scott _et al._ (2004). _Japan: Its History and Culture, p. 89._, p. 89, at Google Books * ^ Turnbull, Stephen. (2005). _Samurai Commanders, p. 31._, p. 31, at Google Books * ^ _A_ _B_ Titsingh, _p. 325._, p. 325, at Google Books * ^ Turnbull, p. 32. * ^ Pier, Garrett. (1915). _Temple Treasures of Japan, pp. 228–237._, p. 228, at Google Books * ^ Titsingh, _pp. 308–321._, p. 308, at Google Books

REFERENCES

* Ackroyd, Joyce I. (1982) _Lessons from History: the Tokushi Yoron._ Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. ISBN 9780702214851 ; OCLC 7574544 * Morton, W. Scott and J. Kenneth Olenik. (1973). _Japan: Its History and Culture._ Newton Abbot, Devon: David OCLC 462186835 * Pier, Garrett Chatfield. (1914). _Temple Treasures of Japan._ New York: Frederick Fairchild Sherman. OCLC 535337 * Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). _ Nihon Ōdai Ichiran
Nihon Ōdai Ichiran
_; ou, _Annales des empereurs du Japon._ Paris: Royal Asiatic Society, Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland. OCLC 585069 * Turnbull , Stephen. (2005). _Samurai Commanders._ Oxford: Osprey Press. ISBN 9781841767437 ; ISBN 9781841767444 ; OCLC 60834971 * Worden, Robert L. (1994). "Kamakura and Muromachi Periods, 1185–1573; Economic and Cultural Developments," _A Country Study: Japan._ Washington, D.C.: Federal Research Division , Library of Congress .

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