Bunkyō-in (Divine Prince of Respectful Embellishment)
11th Shōgun, Lord Tokugawa Ienari
After a bunch of super boring shōguns, we’ve finally come to someone worth talking about: Tokugawa Ienari, the party shōgun. Awwwwwwww yeah!
★ Ienari was the longest reigning shōgun.
★ Was irresponsible, but people liked him.
★ Saved many temples & shrines by moving them to Nippori
★ He was da man for something like 50 years.
★ Dude was a straight pimp.
Look at this chart comparing Ienari’s life with mine:
(literally main bedroom)
(literally side rooms)
|16-27 official concubines
(but there were nearly 1000 women living in the 大奥 ō-oku harem at that time; his number fluctuates because of deaths/illnesses/etc)
|diseases||said to have been
“riddled with syphilis”
yet lived to a ripe old 68
for those days)
|allergic to ragweed and house dust|
|partying||liked to drink every night with beautiful women
(emphasis on the plural)and he was said to have never had a sexless night
|i’d like that too,
but reality is a little different…
“da vulgar shōgun”
“da Viagra shōgun” [i]
|spending||blew so much cash on bitches and bling that the inheritance money of the direct shōgunal line never recovered until after the bakumatsu||what inheritance?|
|CONCLUSION:||A straight up pimp.
||Pretty much not a pimp…|
There are a bunch of things he did that I don’t want to compare with my life. For example, as a kid he liked to have pet chickens and crabs. He also liked to step on them and crush them to death. He also loved butter and dairy products.
Yuck. I hate butter and dairy.
Anyways, after a long life and a long reign that I’m sure he enjoyed every freaking minute of, he was finally enshrined together with his father, Ieharu, at Gen’yūin, the funerary temple of the second shōgun, Ietsuna. Some people might say his posthumous name is inappropriate or ridiculous. But 文 bun means “style” and 恭 kyō means “respect.” Dude, Ienari was a straight up playa. You gotta respect that style[ii].
For the same reasons I’ve been complaining about for days now, I have no pictures of his grave or Gen’yūin mortuary complex. The best I can offer is my original article on Gen’yūin, Tokugawa Ietsuna’s place of enshrinement.
If you’re gonna be in Japan, let’s take a history tour together!
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[i] Ottosei is a kind of seal. Common belief at the time was that if you cut off a seal dick and dry it, then make it into a powder and drink it, you’ll get “man power.”
[ii] Liberal translation, I know. It’s a joke, sue me.