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A collection maintained by Tokugawa Memorial Foundation
Ietsugu Tokugawa関連写真
A collection maintained by Tokugawa Memorial Foundation

Ietsugu Tokugawa


  • Biography
1709-1716. The 7th shogun. Ietsugu’s father Ienobu had five boys and one girl. However, all the children except Nabematsu to whom his concubine Gekko-in gave birth died young. Since Ienobu himself was unwell, he thought about either giving his title of shogun to Yoshimichi Tokugawa, the grand officer of Owari, or have Yoshimichi become the guardian of his son Nabematsu. Because of the strong opposition by the Chinese philosopher Hakuseki Arai concerning Ienobu’s ideas, Nabematsu succeeded as the 7th shogun at the tender age of 4 when Ienobu died. Although the private secretary Akifusa Manabe and Hakuseki Arai assisted the young shogun, Nabematsu died when he was just 7 years old.

  • Association with Minato City
The young shogun was buried in Zojo Temple

The dominance of Ienobu’s concubine the anti-Gekko-in group, which included the shogun’s private secretary, Akifusa Manabe, councilor Hakuseki Arai, and Ienobu’s wife Tenei-in. That antagonism was expressed in the Ejima Ikushima Incident, in which an elder named Ejima, who was attached to Gekko-in, was banished to Shinshu Takatoo because of partying with an actor named Shingoro Ikushima and being late for the castle’s curfew. The actor Ikushima was exiled. It is believed that the incident was plotted by the shogun’s councilors. At any rate, it was a tragedy that happened because the shogun was so young. Ietsugu died at the age of 7 and was buried in Zojo Temple. According to an excavation survey carried out from 1958 to 1960, years of rainwater had seeped into Ietsugu’s coffin, and there were no remains to be found except hair, nails, and swords that are believed to be Ietsugu’s.

References:
Kokushi Daijiten (Comprehensive Dictionary of Japanese History) (Yoshikawa Kobunkan)
Tokugawa Shogun 100-wa (100 Tales of Tokugawa Shogun) (Katsumi Nakae / Kawade Shobo Shinsha)
Hone wa Kataru - Tokugawa Shogun, Daimyo ke no Hitobito (The Bones Tell a Story - The People of Tokugawa Shogun and Daimyo Families) (Nao Suzuki / University of Tokyo Press)

  • Walking Points
Zojo Temple (4-7-35 Shibakoen)

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Tokugawa Jugodaishi (History of 15 Generations of Tokugawa) (Chiso Naito / Shinjinbutsu Oraisha)
Bessatsu Taiyo - Tokugawa Jugodai (Taiyo Extra - 15 Generations of Tokugawa) (Heibonsha)
Shintei Zoho - Kokushi Taikei Geppo (New Revised Version - Kokushi Taikei Report) (Kokushi Taikei / Yoshikawa Kobunkan)
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