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Ashikaga Yoshikazu (足利 義量 ?, August 27, 1407—March 17, 1425) was the 5th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1423 to 1425 during the Muromachi period of Japan. Yoshikazu was the son of the fourth shogun Ashikaga Yoshimochi.[1]

Yoshimochi ceded power to his son, and Yoshikazu became Seii Taishogun at age 18;[2] but he would die within two years.[3] According to Oguri Hangan ichidaiki, Yoshikazu's death was hastened by a life of drunken dissipation.[4]

Significant events shape the period during which Yoshikazu was shogun:[5]

  • 1423 -- Yoshikazu appointed shogun.[5]
  • 1424 -- Go-Kameyama dies.[5]
  • 1425 -- Yoshikazu dies; Yoshimochi resumes the responsibilities of office.[5]
  • 1428 -- Yoshimochi dies; Shōkō dies; Go-Hanazono ascends throne in second repudiation of agreement.[5]

Yoshikazu would be succeeded ultimately by his uncle, the sixth shogun Ashikaga Yoshinori in 1429.[6]


Era of Yoshikazu's bakufu

The years in which Yoshikazu was shogun are encompassed within a single era name or nengō.[7]


  1. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 329.
  2. ^ Titsingh, p. 329;Screech, Timon. (2006). Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822, p. 234 n.10 -- Yoshikasu (b.1407 - named shogun in 1423) = 18yrs. 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."
  3. ^ Titsingh, p. 330.
  4. ^ DeBenneville, James S. (1915) Tales of the Samurai (Oguri Hangan ichidaiki), p. 136.
  5. ^ a b c d e Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) Lessons from History: The Tokushi Yoron, p. 330.
  6. ^ Titsingh, p. 333.
  7. ^ Titsingh, pp. 320-327.


See also

Preceded by:
Ashikaga Yoshimochi
Muromachi Shogun:
Ashikaga Yoshikazu

Succeeded by:
Ashikaga Yoshinori


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