A report on Ashikaga Takauji

Portrait traditionally identified as that of Ashikaga Takauji
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Tomb of Ashikaga Takauji at Tōji-in in Kyoto

The founder and first shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate.

- Ashikaga Takauji

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The Imperial seats during the Nanboku-chō period were in relatively close proximity, but geographically distinct. They were conventionally identified as:

Engen

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Japanese era of the Southern Court during the Era of Northern and Southern Courts after Kenmu and before Kōkoku, lasting from February 1336 to April 1340.

Japanese era of the Southern Court during the Era of Northern and Southern Courts after Kenmu and before Kōkoku, lasting from February 1336 to April 1340.

The Imperial seats during the Nanboku-chō period were in relatively close proximity, but geographically distinct. They were conventionally identified as:

This illegitimate Northern Court (北朝) had been established in Kyoto by Ashikaga Takauji.

The Imperial seats during the Nanboku-chō period were in relatively close proximity, but geographically distinct. They were conventionally identified as:

Ryakuō

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Japanese era of the Northern Court during the Era of Northern and Southern Courts, lasting from August 1338 to April 1342.

Japanese era of the Northern Court during the Era of Northern and Southern Courts, lasting from August 1338 to April 1342.

The Imperial seats during the Nanboku-chō period were in relatively close proximity, but geographically distinct. They were conventionally identified as:

This illegitimate Northern Court (北朝) had been established in Kyoto by Ashikaga Takauji.

The city of Fukuoka encircling Hakata Bay (light blue). The colored areas represent the different wards of the city.

Hakata Bay

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Bay in the northwestern part of Fukuoka city, on the Japanese island of Kyūshū.

Bay in the northwestern part of Fukuoka city, on the Japanese island of Kyūshū.

The city of Fukuoka encircling Hakata Bay (light blue). The colored areas represent the different wards of the city.
View of Hakata Bay from Noko Island. Land on the left is Umino Nakamichi
View of Hakata Bay and center of Fukuoka City from Noko Island

In April 1336, at Tadara-no-hama on the bay, Ashikaga Takauji led a force against the Kikuchi clan, allies of Go-Daigo, led by Kikuchi Taketoshi.

Nitta Yoshimune

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The third son of Nitta Yoshisada, and a commander of loyalist (Imperial) forces during the Nanbokuchō Wars.

The third son of Nitta Yoshisada, and a commander of loyalist (Imperial) forces during the Nanbokuchō Wars.

In April 1352, Yoshimune led a force from Echigo Province to contribute to the loyalist efforts to drive the Shōgun, Ashikaga Takauji, from Kamakura.