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Historical Biographies
Name:Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408) 
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CountryJAPAN 
Added to JGarden1/1/1996 
Last Updated11/28/2004 
DescriptionYoshimitsu was the gradson of Ashikaga Takauiji and became the third Ashikaga shogun at age nine. Like his grandfather, he was an important patron of both Zen and the arts. He supported the development of Noh theater by supporting both Kannami (1333-1384) and his son, Zeami (1363-1384), who went on to author the finest Noh plays in the repertoire as well as several volumes of essays on aesthetic theories. Yoshimitsu established the Zen temple hierarchy with the Five Mountains (gozan) - Tenryuji, Shokokuji, Kenninji, Tofukuji and Manjuji - at the top. After his retirement, he had the Kinkakuji (Kitayama Villa) or Golden Pavilion built in 1397 and entered a Zen order. 







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