Kajuji Haruhide (勧修寺晴秀)

Haruhide KAJUJI (1523 - January 19, 1577) was a noble (and top court official) in the Azuchi-Momoyama period. He was also known as "Haresuke KAJUJI." His Dogo (pseudonym) was "Shokoku." His Homyo (posthumous Buddhist name) was "Tenkei." His Ingo (posthumous honorary title presented in recognition of services to a temple) was Kojuin.

He was the thirteenth head of the Kajuji family, a branch of the Kanroji family of the Takafuji line of the Northern House of the Fujiwara Clan, one of "Tosho-ke" (noble families allowed to access the imperial court), and a Meika (noble family of the upper class).


He was a son of Koretoyo KAJUJI, the Naidaijin (Minister of the Center). His mother was a daughter of Sadato ISE, an officer of the Kyoshiki (Capital Bureau). His wife was Motoko AWAYA, a daughter of Mototaka AWAYA, the Ukyo-no-suke (assistant governor of western Kyoto). His own sons and daughters include Haretoyo KAJUJI, the Jun-daijin (vice minister); Atsufusa MADENOKOJI, the Dainagon (the chief councilor of state), (who was adopted by Sukefusa MADENOKOJI); Nisshu, the head priest of Ryuhon-ji Temple of the Nichiren sect; a wife of Kiminaka OGIMACHISANJO, the Gon-Chunagon (Provisional Middle Counselor); and Shin-jotomonin Haruko KAJUJI (a wife of Imperial Prince Sanehito and the mother of Emperor Goyosei).

In November 26, 1550, he was appointed Sangi (councilor), and later, he was designated Gon-Dainagon (provisional major counselor) and awarded Senior Second Rank.

In November 1576, while working in Nara, he became involved in the decision on who would be designated Betto (the head) of Kofuku-ji Temple and was placed under house arrest on Nobunaga ODA's orders.

In December 1586, he was posthumously awarded the post of Naidaijin.

On December 13, 1599, he was posthumously granted the post of Sadaijin (Minister of the Left).

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