Ashikaga Takauji

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Ashikaga Takauji (足利 尊氏, August 18, 1305June 7, 1358)[1] was the founder of the Ashikaga shogunate.[2]

He took power in 1338. This was the beginning of the Muromachi period in Japan, and his reign came to an end with his death in 1358..[3]

He was in the Seiwa Genji family. The family is descended from Emperor Seiwa.

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  1. His name had originally been written with the characters 高氏,but he later received from Emperor Go-Daigo the right to use those 尊氏, under which he would become famous. According to Sansom (1977:87), in contemporary chronicles he is rarely called with his name, but referred to as Ō-gosho (大御所, Great shōgun) or Dainagon (Great Councillor).
  2. "Ashikaga Takauji" in The New Encyclopædia Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 15th edn., 1992, Vol. 1, p. 625.
  3. "Ashikaga Takauji". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2012-06-03.

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