Kajuji Tsunehaya (勧修寺経逸)

Tsunehaya KAJUJI (October 27, 1748 – November 6, 1805) was a court noble of the Edo period.

He was the 23th head of the Kajuji family which originated from an important noble family, the Tosho family (Kanroji branch of the Takafuji line of the Northern House of the Fujiwara clan).

Career

His father was Gon Dainagon (provisional chief councilor of state) Akimichi KAJUJI; his mother was a daughter of Tsunemichi INABA who was Hida no kami (the governor of Hida Province) and the lord of the Usuki Domain. He was adopted by Gon Uchuben (provisional middle controller of the right) Hideaki KAJUJI.

His lawful wife was a daughter of Gon Dainagon Masashige ASUKAI. His second wife was Sukeishi (or Kazuko) IKEDA, a daughter of Nakatsune IKEDA who was Settsu no kami (the governor of Settsu Province) and the lord of the Shikano Domain.

His children played many important roles in the imperial court: Yoshiaki KAJUJI became Sangi (councilor); Kunitoyo SHIBAYAMA who was adopted by Gon Dainagon Mochitoyo SHIBAYAMA became Kudai-taifu (post of imperial household ministry); Tameoki REIZEI who was adopted by Gon Dainagon Tamesato REIZEI served at Konoefu (the headquarters of the inner palace guards); a daughter became the wife of Gon Chunagon (provisional middle councilor) Yasuchika HORIKAWA; Tadako KAJUJI (Higashikyogokuin) became Jusango and Naishi no suke (handmaid) for Emperor Kokaku and bore Emperor Ninko; Toshiaki BOJO who was adopted by Gon Dainagon Toshichika BOJO became Gon Dainagon as well; Tokuko KAJUJI became Naishi no suke for Emperor Ninko; a daughter became the wife of Gon Dainagon Tatefusa MADENOKOJI: a daughter became the wife of Gon Chunagon Kinnori OGIMACHISANJO; a daughter became the wife of Jun-daijin (vice minister) Sukenaru HINO; a daughter became the wife of Gon Dainagon Tokiakira HIRAMATSU, a daughter became the wife of Michinori ANDO who was Iga no kami (governor of Iga Province), Tsuke-garo (attendant chief retainer) of the Kii family, and the lord of the Kii Tanabe Domain; Tsunechika KAJUJI attained Jugoinoge (junior fifth rank, lower grade); a daughter became the wife of Chunagon (middle councilor) Nagamasa TAKAKURA.

On June 17, 1779 (in old lunar calendar), Tsunehaya became Sangi (councilor).

He was given Shonii (Senior Second Rank) Gon Dainagon as his highest court rank and government post.

He became a maternal relative of the emperor and made many important connections with many powerful nobles by his own or his children's marriages and adoptions, and at last he was given Honza-senge (having equal capacity with a vice minister at junior first rank)