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Shimazu Yoshitaka

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Grave of Shimazu Yoshitaka at Fukushô-ji in Kagoshima
  • Japanese: 島津吉貴 (Shimazu Yoshitaka)

Shimazu Yoshitaka was the fourth Edo period daimyô of Satsuma han.

He was named Chamberlain (jijû) in 1689 and Minor Captain in 1704, with the court rank of Lower Junior Fourth Rank. He was then elevated to the title of Middle Captain and the rank of Upper Junior Fourth Rank in 1710, on the occasion of a Ryukyuan embassy to Edo, before being raised to the Lower Senior Fourth Rank in 1714, keeping his title of Middle Captain, on the occasion of a second Ryukyuan mission. Yoshitaka escorted a third Ryukyuan mission to Edo in 1719, but was not elevated in rank again at that time.[1] Even so, this was the second highest rank any Shimazu lord achieved during the Edo period; Yoshitaka was matched only by Shimazu Narioki, and exceeded only by Shimazu (Tadatsune) Iehisa.[2]

He was succeeded by his son Shimazu Tsugutoyo. Two of his other sons, Shimazu Tadaakira and Shimazu Tadanori, became heads of the Imaizumi and Shigetomi branch families, respectively.

Preceded by:
Shimazu Tsunataka
Lord of Satsuma han
1704-1721
Succeeded by:
Shimazu Tsugutoyo

References

  • Kamiya Nobuyuki, Ryûkyû to Nihon, Chûgoku 琉球と日本・中国, Yamakawa Shuppansha (2008), 62.
  1. Yokoyama Manabu 横山学, Ryûkyû koku shisetsu torai no kenkyû 琉球国使節渡来の研究, Tokyo: Yoshikawa kôbunkan (1987), 67.
  2. Miyagi Eishô 宮城栄昌, Ryûkyû shisha no Edo nobori 琉球使者の江戸上り, Tokyo: Daiichi Shobô (1982), 101.
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