Asakura Tsunekage (朝倉経景)

Tsunekage ASAKURA (1438-March 15, 1491) was a busho (Japanese military commander) in the Muromachi period. His father was Iekage ASAKURA. He was a younger paternal half-brother of Toshikage ASAKURA. The original name was Rensho. He called himself Yozaemon no jo, Shimotsuke no kami (the governor of Shimotsuke Province). His son was Kagemoto ASAKURA and Shoetsu SOSHIN, a chief priest of Shingaku-ji Temple in Asuwa County.

In the Battle of Choroku and the Onin War, he assisted his brother in fighting. On December 7, 1468, he left his nephew, Ujikage ASAKURA (the eighth head of the family) and vassals in Kyoto, he went to Echizen Province with his brothers, Toshikage ASAKURA, Kokyu ASAKURA and Kagefuyu ASAKURA. In 1471, Toshikage ASAKURA betrayed and turned to the East Camp. When Toshikage subjugated Echizen Province, he followed him. After Toshikage died, he supported Ujikage ASAKURA (the eighth head of the family) and realized to unify Echizen Province.

He possessed a strategic point, Ago (Fukui City) and settled in Ago-jo Castle. After May, 1489, he became a Buddhist priest and called himself Taikosai. He died on March 15, 1491. Died at the age of 54.

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