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Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣秀吉)

Toyotomi Hideyoshi lived from 1537to 1598 and was a shogun during the period of warring states in the Azuchi-Momoyama Period. He was considered the premier shogun of the period, and in addition to being a capable general, he was a great patron of the culture of the Momoyama Period, including architecture, painting, Noh and kyōgen and the tea ceremony. He had an almost crazed love of Noh, performed it in front of the emperor, as well as performing in plays he himself had written. He had the “media” ability of sharing information on Noh and other arts with the people, and he was able to share this ability with the power structure of the day. Tokugawa Ieyasu continued this patronage and protected Noh as a form of entertainment of the Edo bakufu, and built the foundation of Noh and kyōgen for today. In this way, Hideyoshi was an extremely large presence in the world of Noh and kyōgen.

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