(1333-1568). A period of cultural achievement and social disorder, lasting from 1333, when forces led by Ashikaga Takauji destroyed the Kamakura Shogunate, until 1568, when the hegemon Oda Nobunaga captured the capital of Kyoto. Named for the district of Kyoto in which the shogunal forces' residence was situated, it is also commonly known as the Ashikaga period, after the family that held the position of shogun from 1338 to 1573. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)
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