Nanboku-chō period

Although Emperor Go-Daigo begins governing with the imperial court as the center (Kenmu Restoration) after the defeat of the Kamakura Shogunate, he is defeated by bushi (warriors) led by Ashikaga Takauji, and Emperor Go-Daigo flees to Yoshino (Nara Prefecture). On the other hand, Takauji supports the enthronement of Emperor Koumyou and designates the principles of the feudal government. Thereafter, the Southern Court in Yoshino and the Northern Court in Kyoto oppose each other. This develops into power struggles between bushi in various areas and continues for several decades.