Sanjo Sanetsumu

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Sanjô Sanetsumu was a court noble prominent in the Bakumatsu period. The head of the Sanjô family, he is perhaps best known as the father of Sanjô Sanetomi, and held the post of zôdaijin until 1854, when he was succeeded by Sanetomi.

Sanetsumu served for many years alongside Bôjô Toshiaki as buke tensô, one of the imperial court's official liaisons to the Tokugawa shogunate.

Nashinoki Shrine, established in 1885 and located just outside the Kyoto Imperial Palace, was dedicated in 1915 to the deified spirits of Sanetsumu and his son Sanetomi.[1] A set of fifteen handscroll paintings was similarly commissioned by the imperial court in 1904 from court painter Tanaka Yûbi chronicling Sanetsumu's accomplishments across his career.[2]


  1. Plaques on-site at Nashinoki Shrine, Kyoto.
  2. Gallery labels, "The two people who supported Emperor Meiji - Sanjo Sanetomi and Iwakura Tomomi - an account of the late Edo period to the Meiji Restoration in biographical picture scrolls," The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shôzôkan, September 2014.
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