- a member of a powerful family in Japan that ruled as shoguns 1338–1573.
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The tendency of the Ashikaga times was to encourage individual ambition.
He escaped to the province of Kawachi, and the supremacy of the Ashikaga family came to an end.
Soon, however, the armies of Ashikaga overran Echizen, and Yoshisada fell in battle.
They were of the same blood as Nitta and Ashikaga and of the clan of Minamoto.
Yoritomo's descendants gradually degenerated, and were finally overthrown by the Ashikaga family.The Gist of Japan
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