Tokugawa Ietsugu

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The gates to Ietsugu's mausoleum at Zôjô-ji, in an 1880s photograph by Kusakabe Kinbei
  • Born: 1709
  • Died: 1716
  • Other Names: Nabematsu, Yûshô-in
  • Japanese: 徳川家継 (Tokugawa Ietsugu)

Tokugawa Ietsugu was the seventh shogun, reigning from 1713 until his death in 1716. He was the fourth son of the previous shogun, Tokugawa Ienobu, but was predeceased by all of his brothers, and thus became the one to succeed their father as shogun.[1]

Ietsugu was a very young child for the duration of his brief rule. He was betrothed at the age of seven, in 1715, to Yasunomiya Yoshiko, the two-year-old daughter of Emperor Reigen, but died the following year, before the two were wed.[2]

Preceded by:
Tokugawa Ienobu
Tokugawa Shogunate
Succeeded by:
Tokugawa Yoshimune


  • Arai Hakuseki, Joyce Ackroyd (trans.), Told Round a Brushwood Fire, University of Tokyo Press (1979), 311n25.
  • Robert Hellyer, Defining Engagement, Harvard University Press (2009), 62.
  1. Evelyn Rawski, Early Modern China and Northeast Asia: Cross-Border Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (2015), 161.
  2. Watanabe Hiroshi, A History of Japanese Political Thought, 1600-1901, International House of Japan (2012), 153-154.