Tokugawa Yoshimune

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Tokugawa.
Tokugawa Yoshimune

Tokugawa Yoshimune (徳川 吉宗 Tokugawa Yoshimune?, November 27, 1684-July 12, 1751) was a Japanese shogun of the Edo period. His ruled started in 1716 and ended in 1745.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Yoshimune was the son of Tokugawa Mitsusada, the grandson of Tokugawa Yorinobu, and the great-grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu.[1]

Shogun[change | change source]

Yoshimune was the eighth shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.[1]

Yoshimune's government worked to control the price of rice. This earned him the nickname "Rice Shogun" or "Shogun of Rice" (kome-shōgun).[2]

References[change | change source]

The hollyhock symbol of the Tokugawa family.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tokugawa Yoshimune" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 979.
  2. Sansom, George Bailey. (1963). A History of Japan, 1615-1867, p. 165.