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Konoe family (近衛家, Konoe-ke) is a Japanese aristocratic kin group.[1] The Konoe is a branch of the Fujiwara clan.[2]

Konoe family
Parent houseFujiwara clan
FounderKonoe Motozane
Current headTadateru Konoe
Founding year12th century
Dissolutionstill extant


The Konoe claim descent from Fujiwara Iezane (1179–1242).[1] The family was founded by Konoe Motozane.[citation needed]

The Konoe was one of the five Fujiwara families from which the Sesshō and Kampaku (regents) were chosen.[1] The Konoe is the original (main) branch of the Fujiwara clan.[citation needed]

Tadateru Konoe is the 50th head of the family which goes back to Fujiwara Kamatari (614-669). Fujiwara Michinaga (966-1027) was the patron and a model for Hikaru no Kimi in The Tale of Genji.

Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe was a member of this family.[3] His brother Prince Hidemaro Konoye was a prominent conductor who founded the New Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, now the NHK Symphony Orchestra.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Konoe," Nobiliare du Japon, p. 24; retrieved 2013-8-13.
  2. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Go-sekke" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 260.
  3. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Fumimaro" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 558-559.
  4. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Sakihasa" at p. 559.
  5. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Nobutada" at p. 559.
  6. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Notuhrio" at p. 559.
  7. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Iehiro" at p. 559.
  8. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Atsumaro" at p. 558.
  9. ^ Nussbaum, "Konoe Atsumaro" at pp. 558-559.
  10. ^ Third daughter of Shimazu Shigehide (薩摩藩主).
  11. ^ Arisugawanomiya Taruhito Shinou (有栖川宮幟仁親王) was adopted to the Tokiwai family and after he adopts Tadafusa's son Gyouyuu.

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