Tokugawa Iesato

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  • Other Names: 安田亀之助 (Yasuda Kamenosuke)
  • Japanese: 徳川家達 (Tokugawa Iesato)

Tokugawa Iesato was the designated heir of the last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, and succeeded him to become the first head of the Tokugawa clan following the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate. He served as president of the House of Peers from 1903 to 1933.

A son of Tokugawa Yoshiyori of the Gosankyô Tayasu Tokugawa clan, Iesato became the 7th head of that family before becoming adopted as successor into the main line Tokugawa house.[1]

Shortly after the Meiji Restoration, he left Edo for the Matsudaira/Tokugawa ancestral home of Shizuoka prefecture.

In 1877, he traveled to England to study.

In May 1910, he was invited to a luncheon held in his honor at the newly-founded Japan Society in New York.[2]


  1. Gallery labels, Edo-Tokyo Museum.[1]
  2. Japan Society: Celebrating a Century 1907-2007. Japan Society, 2007. p16.