Ashikaga Yoshimochi (足利 義持? March 12, 1386—February 3, 1428) was the 4th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1394 to 1423 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshimochi was the son of the third shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.
In 1394, Yoshimitsu gave up his title in favor of his young son, and Yoshimochi was formally confirmed in his office as Seii Taishogun. Despite any appearance of retirement, the old shogun didn't abandon any of his powers, and Yoshimitsu continued to maintain authority over the shogunate until his death . Yoshimochi exercised unfettered power as shogun only after his father died in 1408.
Significant events shape the period during which Yoshimochi was shogun:
- 1408—Yoshimochi comes into his own as a shogun.
- 1409 -- Ashikaga Mochiuji becomes Kantō Kubō.
- 1411—Yoshimochi breaks off relations with China.
- 1413 -- Emperor Go-Komatsu abdicates; Emperor Shōkō ascends throne in repudiation of agreement; renewed hostility between shogunate and supporters of Southern Court.
- 1415—Dissension between Mochiuji, the Kantō Kubō at Kamakura, and Uesugi Zenshū (Kanryō).
- 1416—Uesugi rebells.
- 1417—Uesugi's rebellion quelled by Mochiuji.
- 1419—Korean attack on Tsushima (Ōei Invasion).
- 1420—Serious famine with great loss of life.
- 1422—Resuragence of southern supporters.
- 1423—Yoshimochi cedes authority to his son.
Era of Yoshimochi's bakufuEdit
- Ōei (1394-1428)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 321.
- ↑ Titsingh, p. 325.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) Lessons from History: The "Tokushi Yoron," p. 330.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Sansom, George. (1961). A History of Japan, 1334-1615, p. 142.
- ↑ Titsingh, p. 329.
- ↑ Titsingh, pp. 321-329.
- Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) Lessons from History: The Tokushi Yoron. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. 10-ISBN 0-702-21485-X; 13-ISBN 978-0-702-21485-1 (cloth)
- Sansom, George Bailey. (1961). A History of Japan, 1334-1615. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 10-ISBN 0-804-70525-9; 13-ISBN 978-0-804-70525-7
- Titsingh, Isaac, ed. (1834), [Siyun-sai Rin-siyo/Hayashi Gahō, 1652], Nipon o daï itsi ran; ou, Annales des empereurs du Japon. Paris: Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland.... Click for digitized, full-text copy of this book (in French).