Ii Naosuke, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ii Naosuke


Date of Birth: 29-Nov-1815

Place of Birth: Edo, Japan

Date of Death: 24-Mar-1860

Profession: politician

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Ii Naosuke

  • Ii Naosuke (?? ??, November 29, 1815 – March 24, 1860) was daimyo of Hikone (1850–1860) and also Tairo of the Tokugawa shogunate, Japan, a position he held from April 23, 1858, until his death, assassinated in the Sakuradamon Incident on March 24, 1860.
  • He is most famous for signing the Harris Treaty with the United States, granting access to ports for trade to American merchants and seamen and extraterritoriality to American citizens.
  • He was also an enthusiastic and accomplished practitioner of the Japanese tea ceremony, in the Sekishuryu style (See also : Schools of Japanese tea), and his writings include at least two works on the tea ceremony. Under Ii Naosuke’s guidance, the Tokugawa shogunate navigated past a particularly difficult conflict over the succession to the ailing and childless Tokugawa Iesada.
  • Ii Naosuke managed to coerce the Tokugawa shogunate to the last brief resurgence of its power and position in Japanese society before the start of the Meiji period.
  • Ii was assassinated in the Sakuradamon incident by a group of 17 Mito and 1 Satsuma samurai on March 24, 1860.

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