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- Japanese: 五摂家 (gosekke)
The five families were the Konoe, Ichijô, Nijô, Kujô, and Takatsukasa. In the Edo period, if not earlier, certain high-ranking positions such as kanpaku rotated regularly between the five families.
- Cecilia Segawa Seigle, "Shinanomiya Tsuneko: Portrait of a Court Lady," in Anne Walthall (ed.), The Human Tradition in Modern Japan, Scholarly Resources, Inc. (2002), 6.
- Segawa Seigle, 14.