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Shō Toku (尚 徳, Shō Toku, 1441–1469) was the son of Shō Taikyū and last king of his dynasty. He came to power as a young man in a kingdom whose treasury had been depleted. He engaged in efforts to conquer islands and took the Mitsudomoe, the symbol of Hachiman, as his banner to emphasize his martial spirit. In 1466, he led an invasion on Kikai Island, which strained the Ryukyuan treasury with little benefit.[1] He either died young or was possibly killed by forces within the kingdom as details are somewhat unclear.[2] As is common for rulers who preside over the end of a dynasty, moralists portrayed him as cruel, violent, and lacking in virtue.[3]

Shō Toku
King of Ryukyu
PredecessorShō Taikyū
SuccessorShō En
HouseFirst Shō Dynasty
FatherShō Taikyū
MotherMiyazato Agunshitari-agomoshirare


  • Father: Shō Taikyū
  • Mother: Miyazato Agunshitari-agomoshirare
  • Wife: daughter of Gushikawa Aji
  • Concubine: daughter of Yabiku Aji
  • Children:
    • Shō Shasiki
    • Shō Urasoe
    • Shō Daiyako, descendant was Minshikameya Family
    • Shō Koban


Shō Toku
First Shō Dynasty
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Shō Taikyū
King of Ryukyu
Succeeded by
Shō En