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Ashikaga Yoshizumi

Ashikaga Yoshizumi (足利 義澄?, January 15, 1481 – September 6, 1511) was the 11th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who reigned from 1494 to 1508 during the Muromachi period of Japan. He was the son of Ashikaga Masatomo and grandson of the sixth shogun Ashikaga Yoshinori.[1] Yoshizumi was first called Yoshitō (sometimes translated as Yoshimichi), then Yoshitaka.[2]

Yoshizumi was adopted by the 8th shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa.[3] He was installed by Hosokawa Masamoto as Seii Taishogun.[1] He was stripped of the title in 1508 by the 10th shogun Ashikaga Yoshitane, who became shogun for a second period of time.[4]

Two of Yoshizumi'a sons would themselves become shoguns.[5] Ashikaga Yoshiharu would hold nominal powers as the twelfth Muromachi shogun;[6] and Ashikaga Yoshihide would assume nominal powers as the fourteenth shogun.[7]

Events of Yoshizumi's bakufu[]

Significant events shape the period during which Yoshizumi was shogun:[8]

  • 1494 – Hosokawa Masamoto has Yoshizumi appointed shogun.[8]
  • 1495 – Hōjō Sōun captures Odawara.[8]
  • 1500 – Go-Kashiwabara succeeds.[8]

Eras of Yoshizumi's bakufu[]

The years in which Yoshizumi was shogan are more specifically identified by more than one era name or nengō.[9]

  • Meiō (1492–1501)
  • Bunki (1501–1504)
  • Eishō (1504–1521)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 362., p. 362, at Google Books
  2. Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982). Lessons from History: The Tokushi Yoron, p. 298.
  3. Ackroyd, p. 298; n.b., Shogun Yoshimasa was succeeded by Shogun Yoshihisa (Yoshimasa's natural son), then by Shogun Yoshitane (Yoshimasa's first adopted son), and then by Shogun Yoshizumi (Yoshimasa's second adopted son)
  4. Titsingh, p. 367., p. 367, at Google Books
  5. Ackroyd, p. 385 n104; excerpt, "Some apparent contradictions exist in various versions of the pedigree owing to adoptions and name-changes. Yoshitsuna (sometimes also read Yoshikore) changed his name and was adopted by Yoshitane. Some pedigrees show Yoshitsuna as Yoshizumi's son, and Yoshifuyu as Yoshizumi's son."
  6. Titsingh, p. 370., p. 370, at Google Books
  7. Titsingh, p. 386., p. 386, at Google Books
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Ackroyd, p. 331.
  9. Titsingh, pp. 362-371., p. 362, at Google Books


Preceded by
Ashikaga Yoshitane
Muromachi Shogun
Succeeded by
Ashikaga Yoshitane

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