Yoshimasa Notes - Yoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion Donald...

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Yoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion – Donald Keene Intro: Toji-in was founded in the 14 th century on Mount Kinugasa in Japan. Ashikaga Takauji (1305-1358) was the first of the Ashikaga shoguns and founder of the dynasty. o Later, Tokugawa Ieyasu founded the next dynasty (1543=1616). Yoshimasa is known as the builder of the Temple of the Silver Pavilion and the shogun of the Onin War (1467-1477). o He built this temple to be silver because it was less flashy than the temple gilded with gold. o The Onin War led to new cultures and diffusion of cultures between provinces. Renga Sequence– three or more participants who took turns supplying alternating verses in seventeen and fourteen syllables. o Composed through the worst of the Onin War. o One example of a renga sequence is a haiku, which is also the most popular. Buddhism became the popular religion in Japan when it was founded in the True Pure Land. Tea ceremonies became an important part in the Higashiyama culture. o Other popular activities included ink painting, and the no. The Ashikaga period is characterized as the age of gekokujo, meaning those underneath conquering those above. Chapter 1: 1441: Ashikaga Yoshinori is assassinated. o Third son of Yoshimitsu o Formal education from the Buddhist monastery and career as a priest. o Assassinations among the high ranks were rare in Japan. The next shogun was drawn from lots o Gien won the lottery. o Rumor has it that the slips were tampered with, but no one is sure. Yoshinori was known as a wrathful, harsh shogun. o Used tactics such as torture, harsh punishments, beheading, and death. o Typically punished for trivial offenses. During the Heian period, no one in high office was executed for crimes. o The worst punishment was banishment. When Yoshinori passed, the only successor possible was his oldest son, Yoshikatsu, who was only 7 at the time. o Because of his age and the lack of confidence from the elders, it was not until 1435 when he turned 8 and held unrestricted power.
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o He could also not become shogun at such a young age because he had not had his genbuku , or coming of age ceremony, which meant he was still a child, not a man. o Yoshikatsu was the highest - ranking shogun. Yoshikatsu named Yamana Mochitoyo (1404-1473) as the commander of the punitive force. Akamatsu Mitsusuke had three main domains: Bizen Mimasaka Harima o However, his main focus was in Harima to attack. o Mitsusuke and his men committed seppuku, meaning suicide. He had his men cut off his head, leading to his men also committing suicide through beheading or leaping into flames. Chapter 2:
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