Imadegawa Kinnao (今出川公直)

Kinnao IMADEGAWA (1335 - June 1396) was a kugyo (court noble) who lived during the period of the Northern and Southern Courts (Japan) and Muromachi period. He served the dynasties, Emperor Gomurakami (the 97th) to Emperor Gokomatsu (the 100th), and advanced up to Udaijin (minister of the right) at the rank of Juichii (Junior First Rank). His father was Dainagon (chief councilor of state) Sanetada IMADEGAWA. His mother was the daughter of Tamemoto Ason. Sanenao IMADEGAWA, Udaijin, was his younger brother.

In 1337, he was conferred to a peerage. Later, he was awarded Jusanmi (Junior Third Rank) in 1349, becoming a kugyo, after assuming jiju (chamberlain), a post at Konoefu (the headquarters of the inner palace guards), Bingo no suke (an assistant governor of Bingo Province) and another post at Konoefu. After that as well, he was appointed to Dainagon (chief councilor of state) in 1359, after assuming Sangi (a councilor), Chunagon (vice-councilor of state) and Kebiishi no betto (the chief of Kebiishi (police-like office) in Kyoto). Then he was appointed to Naidaijin (minister of the Interior) in 1377, after assuming Dainagon, a post at Konoefu and Naikyobo no Betto (the chief of Naikyobo (a place in Imperial Palace where singing and dancing was taught). In 1381, he was promoted to Juichii (Junior First Rank). In 1394, he was appointed to Udaijin (minister of the right), but resigned the post soon. In the next year, he was appointed to Sadiajin (minister of the left), but resigned from the post soon as well.