Tokugawa Clan

Kai Province

Ryōunin was a woman who lived during the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo periods.  She was a consort of Tokugawa Ieyasu.  Her common name was Take.

Ryōunin was born as the daughter of Ichikawa Masanaga, a former retainer of the Takeda clan.  Based on other theories, she was the daughter of Anayama Nobutada or Akiyama Torayasu (former retainers of the Takeda) or Takeda Shingen, the head of the Kai-Takeda clan.

In 1580, Ryōunin bore Furihime (later known as Shōseiin) as the daughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu.  She is surmised to have become his consort around this time.  However, there is a theory that another consort of Ieyasu named Shimoyama-dono was the natural mother, so the identity of Furihime’s mother is not certain.

Ryōunin died on 3/12 of Kanei 14 (1637).  Her grave is in the Saifuku Temple in the Taitō ward of Tōkyō.  There is also a memorial tower for her at the Zenkō Temple in the city of Nagano in Nagano Prefecture.