Inoue Tsujo

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Inoue Tsujô was a woman from Marugame han who served as tutor and attendant to the mother of the daimyô in Edo for a time.

Born the daughter of a local official in Sanuki province, she left Shikoku at the age of 22 and made her way to Edo in search of work. She was soon afterward appointed by Kyôgoku Takatoyo, lord of her home domain, to serve as a tutor and attendant to his mother. She remained in that position for eight years. Upon Takatoyo's mother's death in 1689, Tsujô returned to Marugame, where she married a local official and had five children, one of whom preserved many of his mother's writings.


  • Marcia Yonemoto, The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japan, UC Press (2016), 1-2, 7.