Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川 家康, January 31, 1543–June 1, 1616) was a Japanese shogun of the Edo period. His ruled started in 1603 and ended in 1605. He is one of the most famous military commanders in Japan.
Early life[change | change source]
At birth, his name was Matsudaira Takechiyo.
In 1562, he changed his name to Matsudaira Motoyasu. The second syllable -- -yasu -- comes from the name of his grandfather Kiyoyasu. A few months later, he changed his first name to the one by which he is known today. The first syllable -- Ie- -- comes from the last part of the name of Minamoto Yoshiie, who was a famous ancestor. He received permission from the emperor to change his family name from Matsudaira to Tokugawa.
Shogun[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tokugawa Ieyasu" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 977-978.
- Sadler, Arthur Lindsay. (2010). The Maker of Modern Japan: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu, p. 51.
- Sadler, p. 70.
- Janse, Marius B. (2002). The Making of Modern Japan, p. 29.