The Tokugawa clan is one of the few samurai families from ancient times to remain active in Japan today.

Motoyasu Matsudaira, the ninth head of the Matsudaira family, created the family name sometime after he declared independence from Yoshimoto Imagawa. He either did this when he was neutral allies with Hideyoshi or after the Taiko's death. With his victory at Battle of Sekigahara, he established the Tokugawa shogunate. His family's reign lasted for over 200 years until the Meiji era.

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