- Died: 1868
- Japanese: 川路聖謨 (Kawaji Toshiakira)
Kawaji Toshiakira served as Nara bugyô (Nara City Magistrate) from 1846-1851. He then served as Osaka machi bugyô from 1851 until 1852, as kanjô bugyô beginning in 1852, and as gaikoku bugyô (Foreign Affairs Magistrate) for a time, before killing himself in 1868 as the Tokugawa shogunate fell.
Kawaji was one of three signers of the 1854 Treaty of Shimoda, along with Tsutsui Masanori and Koga Masaru; Kawaji and Tsutsui also played prominent roles in a number of other diplomatic events of the time, including negotiation discussions with Yevfimy Vasilyevich Putyatin in 1853 to 1854, and discussions and preparations pertaining to the visit of US consul general Townsend Harris to Edo in 1857.
Following a fire at the Kyoto Imperial Palace in 1854, Toshiakira helped oversee the palace's reconstruction. He was reassigned from the position of Kanjô bugyô to Nishinomaru rusui in 1858. In 1859, he was dismissed from his position and sentenced to house confinement amidst the dismissal and house confinement of a number of prominent officials associated with foreign affairs.
- Plaque on-site at stele erected in Kawaji's honor, at Sarusawa Pond, Nara.
- Ishin Shiryô Kôyô 維新史料綱要, vol 1 (1937), 376.
- Gallery labels, Tôyô Bunko.
- Ishin Shiryô Kôyô 維新史料綱要, vol 2 (1937), 386.
- Takashi Fujitani, Splendid Monarchy, UC Press (1998), 68.; Ishin Shiryô Kôyô 維新史料綱要, vol 2 (1937), 99.
- Ishin Shiryô Kôyô 維新史料綱要, vol 2 (1937), 559.
- Ishin Shiryô Kôyô 維新史料綱要, vol 3 (1937), 210.