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34.Family crest of Tokugawa Ieyasu

3 leaves of a plant “futaba aoi” 
("Tokugawa aoi")



Tokugawa Ieyasu

portrait of Tokugawa Ieyasu

It is one of the "aoi" family crests. Three leaves of hollyhock are drawn in the circle.

Who is Tokugawa Ieyasu?

  • Tokugawa Ieyasu took over control of the Japanese government from the Toyotomi family, and the Tokugawa family continued to have its power for 260 years from early 17th century.
  • The top members were called “Shoguns”, and their positions were successfully inherited by their family members over 15 generations.
  • The successive Tokugawa shoguns took the helm of government instead of the Emperor.


What is "Edo period" ?

  • Edo where Tokugawa lived corresponds to present-day Tokyo. Edo in the Edo period greatly developed into the Tokugawa era. Tokugawa Ieyasu put an end to the period of war and built a peaceful era.
  • In the Edo period, Japanese culture greatly developed and many ukiyoe artists appeared.The townspeople in Edo enjoyed kabuki and other forms of entertainment.


Castle's name that stamp this family crest

・Sumpu castle(Shizuoka)
・Hamamatsu castle(Shizuoka)
・Okazaki castle(Aichi)
・Inuyama castle(Aichi)
・Nagoya castle(Aichi)
・Komakiyama castle(Aichi)
・Suwahara castle(Shizuoka)
・Mizuguchi castle(Shiga)
・Zeze castle(Shiga)
・Nijo castle(Kyoto)
・Mito castle(Ibaraki)

List of Japanese Sengoku-busho's family crest