Hojo Yoshimune (北条義宗)

Yoshimune HOJO (1253 - September 23, 1277) was a member of the Hojo clan in the mid Kamakura period. He was also called Yoshimune AKAHASHI. The legitimate son of Nagatoki HOJO the sixth regent of the Kamakura bakufu (Japanese feudal government headed by a shogun). His mother was a daughter of Tokimori HOJO. The second family head of the Hojo clan (Akahashi family line). He had children including Hisatoki HOJO and others. The last regent Moritoki HOJO and Toko AKAHASHI, the lawful wife of Takauji ASHIKAGA, were his grandchildren.

Brief Personal History

After the death of his uncle Tokishige HOJO, Yoshimune succeeded him as Rokuhara Tandai Kitakata (Northern Chief of Rokuhara Tandai [an administrative and judicial agency in Rokuhara, Kyoto]). In 1272 soon after the assumption of the post, he was ordered by the regent Tokimune HOJO to search and kill Tokisuke HOJO, Tokimune's older paternal half-brother, and killed him at Nigatsu-sodo (February Rebellion). In 1276, he moved to Kamakura and in the next year he died soon after he was appointed a Hyojoshu (a member of Council of State). Died at the age of 25.


Date according to old lunar calendar
December 16, 1268: Promoted to Jugoinoge (Junior Fifth Rank, Lower Grade) and appointed as Sakone no shogen (Lieutenant of the Left Division of Inner Palace Guards).

November 27, 1271: Appointed Rokuhara Tandai Kitakata of the bakufu.

December 4, 1276: Resigned his post of Rokuhara Tandai.

June 17, 1277: Transferred to Suruga no kami (Governor of Suruga Province) and became a Hyojoshu. He died on August 17.

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