Kujō Yoritsugu

Kujō Yoritsugu (九条 頼嗣, December 17, 1239 – October 14, 1256; r. 1244–1252), also known as Fujiwara no Yoritsugu (藤原 頼嗣), was the fifth shōgun of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan. His father was the 4th Kamakura shōgun, Kujō Yoritsune.[1]

Fujiwara no Yoritsugu
藤原 頼嗣
In office
ShikkenHōjō Tsunetoki
Hōjō Tokiyori
Preceded byFujiwara no Yoritsune
Succeeded byPrince Munetaka
Personal details
Born(1239-12-17)December 17, 1239
Kamakura, Japan
DiedOctober 14, 1256(1256-10-14) (aged 16)
Kyoto, Japan

Yoritsugu was a member of the great Fujiwara clan. The Kujō family was one of the five branches of the historically powerful Fujiwara clan of courtiers.


  • Father: Kujō Yoritsune
  • Mother: Omiya no Kata
  • Wife: Hiwadahime (1230–1247)

Events of Yoritsugu shogunateEdit

  • 1244 (Kangen 2): In the spring of this year, a number of extraordinary phenomena in the skies over Kamakura troubled Yoritsugu's father Yoritsune deeply.[2][better source needed]
  • 1244 (Kangen 2, 4th month): Yoritsugu had his coming-of-age ceremonies at age 6. In the same month, his father asked Emperor Go-Saga for permission to give up his responsibilities as shogun in favor of Yoritsugu.[2][better source needed]
  • 1245 (Kangen 3, 7th month): Yoritsune shaved his head and became a Buddhist priest.[2][better source needed]
  • 1246 (Kangen 4, 7th month): Yoritsugu married the sister of Hōjō Tsunetoki. He was seven and she was sixteen.[2][better source needed]
  • September 1, 1256 (Kōgen 1, 11th day of the 8th month): Yoritsugu's father died at age 39.[3][better source needed]
  • October 14, 1256 (Kōgen 1, 24th day of the 9th month): Yoritsugu died at the age of 18 years.[3][better source needed]

Eras of Yoritsugu's shogunateEdit

The years in which Yoritsugu was shogun are more specifically identified by more than one era name or nengō.


  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fujiwara no Yoritsugu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 212, p. 212, at Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c d Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 247., p. 247, at Google Books
  3. ^ a b Titsingh, p. 252., p. 252, at Google Books


  • Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
  • Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Nihon Ōdai Ichiran; ou, Annales des empereurs du Japon. Paris: Royal Asiatic Society, Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland. OCLC 5850691.
Preceded by Shōgun:
Kujō Yoritsugu

Succeeded by