Imadegawa Naosue (今出川尚季)

Naosue IMADEGAWA (October 24, 1782 - September 27, 1810) was Kugyo (a Court noble) in the late Edo period. He mainly served the Emperor Kokaku (119th) in the Imperial Court and rose to the official rank of Shonii (Senior Second Rank), Gon Dainagon (a provisional chief councilor of state). His father was Naidaijin (the minister of the Interior), Sanetane IMADEGAWA. His mother was a daughter of the lord of the Mito Domain, Munemoto TOKUGAWA. His wife was a daughter of Kanpaku (a chief adviser to the Emperor), Sukehira TAKATSUKASA (the Prince of the Imperial Prince Kaninnomiya Naohito). Gon Chunagon (a provisional vice-councilor of state), Kimihisa IMADEGAWA and Sakone no chujo (Middle Captain of the Left Division of Inner Palace Guards), Michisue Ogura (an adopted son of Toyosue Ogura) were his sons.

The peerage was conferred on him in 1783. Since then, he got promoted quickly as the head of the Seiga family taking various positions such as Jiju (Imperial Household Agency staff) and Sakonoe no shosho (Minor Captain of the Left Division of the Inner Palace Guards), and then, in 1792, he received the official rank of Jusanmi (Junior Third Rank) to rank with Kugyo. In 1805, he assumed Gon Dainagon, Outadokoro betto (an official in charge of managing and providing training for ancient Japanese songs and instruments) after taking various positions such as Sakonoe no chujo, Gon chunagon and Toka no sechie Geben (an official in charge of organizing and supervising ceremonies in the Imperial Court). In 1806, he resigned from Outadokoro betto and in 1810, he also resigned from Gon Dainagon. In 1810, he died. He died at the age of 29.

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