Kazanin Mochizane (花山院持実)

Mochizane KAZANIN (November 29, 1670 - November 21, 1728) was a Kugyo (high court noble) who lived in the mid-Edo period. He mainly served Emperor Higashiyama (the 113th) and was raised to Junii Gon Dainagon (Junior Second Rank, Provisional Major Counselor) in the end. His father was a Sadaijin (Minister of the Left) named Sadanobu KAZANIN. His mother was a daughter of a Sadaijin named Tsunetaka OINOMIKADO. Moronatsu KAZANIN and Tsunemasa (also called Tokimasa) KAZANIN were his sons.

In 1671 he was conferred a peerage. He was first called Mochifusa. Since then he promoted successively, who was appointed Gon Dainagon (Provisional Major Counselor) in 1693, and remained in the position until 1703. In 1694 he was raised to Junii (Junior Second Rank) and served as Jingu Tenso (shrine messenger to the emperor). In 1695, he served as Toka no sechie Geben (a Kugyo who supervised the event of toka [ceremonial mass singing and stomp dancing] called Toka no sechie held at the Imperial Court on around the fifteenth day of the first month of the year, outside the Shomeimon gate of the Kyoto imperial palace) and renamed himself as Mochizane. He died in 1728. He died at the age of 59.

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