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In pre-modern Japan, the shogun was Japan's supreme military leader, awarded the title by the emperor, and by tradition a descendant of the prestigious Minamoto clan. From 1603 through 1869, Japan was ruled by a series of shoguns known as the Tokugawa Shogunate, descended from Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Ieyasu moved the capitol to Edo (modern day Tokyo), and through a governing system of strict regulations, he initiated a period of peace, prosperity and cultural renaissance that would last for over 250 years.

REIGNS OF THE TOKUGAWA SHOGUNS
Tokugawa Ieyasu, 1603-1605
Tokugawa Hidetada, 1605-1623
Tokugawa Iemitsu, 1623-1651
Tokugawa Ietsuna, 1651-1680
Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, 1680-1709
Tokugawa Ienobu, 1709-1712
Tokugawa Ietsugu, 1713-1716
Tokugawa Yoshimune, 1716-1745
Tokugawa Ieshige, 1745-1760
Tokugawa Ieharu, 1760-1786
Tokugawa Ienari, 1787-1837
Tokugawa Ieyoshi, 1837-1853
Tokugawa Iesada, 1853-1858
Tokugawa Iemochi, 1858-1866
Tokugawa Yoshinobu, 1867

IMAGE CREDITS
Top: Tokugawa Ieyasu/Osaka Castle
Left: Ieyasu/Osaka Castle, Iemitsu/Hesedera, Iesada/Hesedera, Ieyoshi/Hasedera
Right: Shogun/Goldfarb-PlugIn

Shogun behind screen

CASTE POSITION
Shoguns were members of the top elite "shimin" samurai class.



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