Ashikaga Yoshizumi

Ashikaga Yoshizumi (足利 義澄, January 15, 1481 – September 6, 1511) was the 11th shōgun 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 shōgun Ashikaga Yoshinori.[1] His childhood name was Seikō (清晃), Yoshizumi was first called Yoshitō (sometimes translated as Yoshimichi), then Yoshitaka.[2]

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

Two of Yoshizumi's sons would themselves become shōguns.[5] Ashikaga Yoshiharu would hold nominal powers as the twelfth Muromachi shōgun;[6] and Ashikaga Yoshihide assumed nominal powers as the fourteenth shōgun.[7]


  • Father: Ashikaga Masatomo (1435–1491)
  • Mother: daughter of Mushanakoji Takamitsu
  • Adopted Father: Ashikaga Yoshimasa
  • Adopted Mother: Hino Tomiko
  • Wife: Hino Akiko
  • Concubine: speculated daughter of Shiba Yoshihiro or daughter of Rokkaku Takayori
  • Children:

Events of Yoshizumi's bakufu

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

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

Eras of Yoshizumi's bakufu

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


  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., Shōgun Yoshimasa was succeeded by shōgun Yoshihisa (Yoshimasa's natural son), then by shōgun Yoshitane (Yoshimasa's first adopted son), and then by shōgun 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. Ackroyd, p. 331.
  9. Titsingh, pp. 362–371., p. 362, at Google Books


  • Ackroyd, Joyce. (1982) Lessons from History: The Tokushi Yoron. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. ISBN 9780702214851; OCLC 7574544
  • 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 585069
Preceded by
Ashikaga Yoshitane
Ashikaga Yoshizumi

Succeeded by
Ashikaga Yoshitane
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