(Divine Prince of Respectful Embellishment)
11th Shōgun, Lord Tokugawa Ienari
LOCATION: Kan’ei-ji (Ueno Park)
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.
★ Only shōgun with his own hashtag on Twitter: #TeamIenari
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)
|2 at best…|
|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’yū-in, the funerary temple of the second shōgun, Ietsuna. Ienari’s grave was located to the right of Ieharu’s and left of the stone walls surrounding the Gen’yū-in funerary complex.
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’yū-in mortuary complex. The best I can offer is my original article on Gen’yū-in, Tokugawa Ietsuna’s place of enshrinement.
[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. That said, Ienari’s long reign saw a true flourishing of Edo culture and peaceful rule.