Imadegawa Kinhiko (今出川公彦)

Kinhiko IMADEGAWA (1506 - March 11, 1578) was a kugyo (court noble) who lived during the latter half of the Muromachi period (Sengoku period - period of warring states in Japan). He serve the three emperors, Emperor Gokashiwabara (the 104th), Emperor Gonara (the 105th), and Emperor Ogimachi (the 106th), and advanced to Sadaijin (minister of the left) at the rank of Juichii (Junior First Rank). His father was Suetaka IMADEGAWA, Gon Dainagon (a provisional chief councilor of state). Harusue IMADEGAWA, Udaijin (minister of the right), and Kukei, daisojo (a Buddhist priest of the highest order) at Kofuku-ji Temple, were his sons.

He was conferred to a peerage in 1507. Continued being promoted after that, he was appointed to Sangi (a councilor) at the rank of Jusanmi (Junior Third Rank) in 1518, becoming a kugyo, after assuming jiju (a chamberlain) and a post at Konoefu (the headquarters of the inner palace guards). After assuming Chunagon (a vice-councilor of state) and Toka no sechie Geben (a kugyo who supervised many matters outside Jomei Gate at Toka no sechi-e (Imperial Court ceremonies where many persons danced while singing), he was appointed to Dainagon (a chief councilor of state) in 1525. In the period from 1526 to 1532, he assumed Jingutenso (shrine messenger to the emperor). He was promoted to a post at Konoefu in 1539 and to another post at Konoefu in 1542. He was appointed to Naidaijin (minister of the Interior) in 1543. In the same year, he resigned Sakonoe no daisho (the major captain of the left division of the inner palace guards). He was appointed to Udaijin (minister of the right) in 1545 and to Sadaijin (minister of the left) and in 1546, but resigned the post in the next year. In 1547, he was awarded Juichii (Junior first Rank). He became a priest in 1559.