The same was the case with the mikados, who were also creatures of the Hojo clan.
Kyoto is the ancient capital, the place where the mikados lived in secluded splendor for so many centuries.
The mikados were in theory absolute rulers, but eventually they became mere figureheads.
There are religious yearnings in all the Diaries, and many Mikados and gentlemen entered the priesthood, Michinaga among them.
He stands on the list as the first of the mikados, and the reigning emperor claims unbroken descent from him.
For a period of some twelve hundred years nearly all that we know of the mikados is that they "lived long and died happy."
Indeed, the Ashikaga move through Japanese history against a background of mikados.
During his lifetime he was very famous and became the spiritual preceptor of three Mikados.
He lived to be one hundred and eleven years old, and was next to the last of the long lived mikados of Everlasting Great Japan.
So they went their ways together, and in time they came to Kioto and to the Mikados Palace.