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  • Japanese: 御部屋 (o heya)

Oheya was a term used to refer to concubines in the Ôoku who conceived a child with the Shogun. They were moved up in the internal hierarchy of the Ôoku, often to a position just below the Shogun's official wife (midaidokoro) and/or the shogun's mother, and they were granted their own room (heya) within the Ôoku compound.

References

  • Cecilia Segawa Seigle, “Tokugawa Tsunayoshi and the Formation of Edo Castle Rituals of Giving,” in Martha Chaiklin (ed.), Mediated by Gifts: Politics and Society in Japan 1350-1850, 135.
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