- a member of a powerful family in Japan that ruled as shoguns, 1603–1867.
- a period of Japanese history under the rule of Tokugawa shoguns, characterized by a samurai ruling class, urbanization, and the growth of a merchant class.
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Six Shoguns, members of the Tokugawa family, lie buried at Ueno.Travels in the Far East
Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
In the opening years of the Tokugawa administration an uncompromising policy was pursued.
This was one of the most remarkable measures conceived by the Tokugawa.
These enactments constituted the complete criminal code of the Tokugawa.
Under him the influence and prestige of the Tokugawa family increased greatly.