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EMPEROR GO-DAIGO (後醍醐天皇 Go-Daigo-tennō) (November 26, 1288 – September 19, 1339) was the 96th emperor of Japan
, according to the traditional order of succession . He successfully overthrew the Kamakura shogunate in 1333 and established the short lived Kenmu Restoration to bring the Imperial House back into power. This was to be the last time the emperor had any power until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The Kenmu restoration was in turn overthrown by Ashikaga Takauji in 1336, ushering in the Ashikaga shogunate , and split the imperial family into two opposing factions between the Northern Court situated in Kyoto
and and the Southern Court
Southern Court
based in Yoshino .

Post-Meiji historians construe Go-Daigo's reign to span 1318–1339; however, pre-Meiji accounts of his reign considered the years of his reign to encompass only between 1318–1332. Pre-Meiji scholars also considered Go-Daigo a pretender emperor in the years from 1336 through 1339.

This 14th-century sovereign personally chose his posthumous name after the 9th-century Emperor Daigo
Emperor Daigo
and go- (後), translates as "later", and he is thus sometimes called the "Later Emperor Daigo", or, in some older sources, "Daigo, the second" or as "Daigo II".


* 1 Biography

* 1.1 Events of Go-Daigo\'s life

* 2 Genealogy

* 2.1 Consorts and children

* 3 Kugyō
* 4 Eras of Go-Daigo\'s reign * 5 In popular culture * 6 See also * 7 Notes * 8 References * 9 External links


Before his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne
Chrysanthemum Throne
, his personal name (imina ) was Takaharu-shinnō (尊治親王).

He was the second son of the Daikakuji-tō emperor, Emperor Go-Uda . His mother was Fujiwara no Chūshi/Tadako (藤原忠子), daughter of Fujiwara no Tadatsugu (Itsutsuji Tadatsugu) (藤原忠継/五辻忠継). She became Nyoin called Dantenmon-in (談天門院). His older brother was Emperor Go-Nijō
Emperor Go-Nijō

Emperor Go-Daigo's ideal was the Engi era (901–923) during the reign of Emperor Daigo
Emperor Daigo
, a period of direct imperial rule. An emperor's posthumous name was normally chosen after his death, but Emperor Go-Daigo
Emperor Go-Daigo
chose his personally during his lifetime, to share it with Emperor Daigo.


Main article: Kenmu Restoration
Kenmu Restoration
Woodblock print triptych by Gekko Ogata
Gekko Ogata
. Emperor Go-Daigo
Emperor Go-Daigo
dreams of ghosts at his palace in Kasagiyama.

* 1308 (Enkyō 1): At the death of Emperor Go-Nijō
Emperor Go-Nijō
, Hanazono accedes to the Chrysanthemum Throne
Chrysanthemum Throne
at age 12 years; and Takaharu-shinnō, the second son of former- Emperor Go-Uda is elevated as Crown Prince and heir apparent under the direction of the Kamakura shogunate . * MARCH 29, 1318 ( Bunpō 2, 26th day of 2nd month): In the 11th year of Hanazono's reign (花園天皇十一年), the emperor abdicated; and the succession (senso) was received by his cousin, the second son of former-Emperor Go-Uda. Shortly thereafter, Emperor Go-Daigo
Emperor Go-Daigo
is said to have acceded to the throne (sokui). * 1319 ( Bunpō 3, 4th month): Emperor Go-Daigo
Emperor Go-Daigo
caused the nengō to be changed to Gen\'ō to mark the beginning of his reign.

In 1324, with the discovery of Emperor Go-Daigo's plans to overthrow the Kamakura shogunate , the Rokuhara Tandai disposed of his close associate Hino Suketomo in the Shōchū Incident .

In the Genkō Incident of 1331, Emperor Go-Daigo's plans were again discovered, this time by a betrayal by his close associate Yoshida Sadafusa. He quickly hid the Sacred Treasures in a secluded castle in Kasagiyama (the modern town of Kasagi , Sōraku District , Kyōto Prefecture ) and raised an army, but the castle fell to the Shogunate 's army the following year, and they enthroned Emperor Kōgon
Emperor Kōgon
, exiling Daigo to Oki Province (the Oki Islands
Oki Islands
in modern-day Shimane Prefecture ), the same place to which Emperor Go-Toba had been exiled after the Jōkyū War of 1221.

In 1333, Emperor Go-Daigo
Emperor Go-Daigo
escaped from Oki with the help of Nawa Nagatoshi and his family, raising an army at Funagami Mountain in Hōki Province (the modern town of Kotoura in Tōhaku District , Tottori Prefecture ). Ashikaga Takauji
Ashikaga Takauji
, who had been sent by the shogunate to find and destroy this army, sided with the emperor and captured the Rokuhara Tandai . Immediately following this, Nitta Yoshisada , who had raised an army in the east, laid siege to Kamakura. When the city finally fell to Nitta, Hōjō Takatoki, the shogunal regent , fled to Tōshō temple , where he and his entire family committed suicide. This ended Hōjō power and paved the way for a new military regime . :15–21

Upon his triumphal return to Kyoto, Daigo took the throne from Emperor Kōgon
Emperor Kōgon
and began the Kenmu Restoration
Kenmu Restoration
. The Restoration was ostensibly a revival of the older ways, but, in fact, the emperor had his eye set on an imperial dictatorship like that of the emperor of China . He wanted to imitate the Chinese in all their ways and become the most powerful ruler in the East. Impatient reforms, litigation over land rights, rewards, and the exclusion of the samurai from the political order caused much complaining, and his political order began to fall apart. In 1335, Ashikaga Takauji
Ashikaga Takauji
, who had travelled to eastern Japan
without obtaining an imperial edict in order to suppress the Nakasendai Rebellion, became disaffected. Daigo ordered Nitta Yoshisada to track down and destroy Ashikaga. Ashikaga defeated Nitta Yoshisada at the Battle of Takenoshita, Hakone. Kusunoki Masashige
Kusunoki Masashige
and Kitabatake Akiie , in communication with Kyoto, smashed the Ashikaga army. Takauji fled to Kyūshū
, but the following year, after reassembling his army, he again approached Kyōto. Kusunoki Masashige proposed a reconciliation with Takauji to the emperor, but Go-Daigo rejected this. He ordered Masashige and Yoshisada to destroy Takauji. Kusunoki's army was defeated at the Battle of Minatogawa
Battle of Minatogawa

When Ashikaga's army entered Kyōto, Emperor Go-Daigo
Emperor Go-Daigo
resisted, fleeing to Mount Hiei , but seeking reconciliation, he sent the imperial regalia to the Ashikaga side. Takauji enthroned the Jimyōin-tō emperor, Kōmyō , and officially began his shogunate with the enactment of the Kenmu Law Code. :54–58 Memorial Shinto
shrine and mausoleum honoring Emperor Go-Daigo.

Go-Daigo escaped from the capital in January 1337, the regalia that he had handed over to the Ashikaga being counterfeit, and set up the Southern Court
Southern Court
among the mountains of Yoshino , beginning the Period of Northern and Southern Courts in which the Northern Dynasty
in Kyoto and the Southern Dynasty
in Yoshino faced off against each other. :55,59

Emperor Go-Daigo
Emperor Go-Daigo
ordered Imperial Prince Kaneyoshi to Kyūshū
and Nitta Yoshisada and Imperial Prince Tsuneyoshi to Hokuriku , and so forth, dispatching his sons all over, so that they could oppose the Northern Court.

* SEPTEMBER 18, 1339 ( Ryakuō 2, 15th day of the 8th month): In the 21st year of Go-Daigo's reign, the emperor abdicated at Yoshino in favor of his son, Noriyoshi-shinnō, who would become Emperor Go-Murakami . * SEPTEMBER 19, 1339 ( Ryakuō 2, 16th day of the 8th month): Go-Daigo died;

The actual site of Go-Daigo's grave is settled. This emperor is traditionally venerated at a memorial Shinto
shrine (misasagi) at Nara.

The Imperial Household Agency
Imperial Household Agency
designates this location as Go-Daigo's mausoleum . It is formally named Tō-no-o no misasagi.



Empress (Chūgū): Saionji Kishi (西園寺禧子) (Go-Kyōgoku-in, 後京極院) (1303–1333), daughter of Saionji Sanekane (西園寺実兼)

* Princess (1314–?), died young * Imperial Princess Kanshi (懽子内親王) (Senseimon-in, 宣政門院) (1315–1362), Saiō
at Ise Shrine
; later, married to Emperor Kōgon
Emperor Kōgon

Empress (Chūgū): Imperial Princess Junshi (珣子内親王) (Shin-Muromachi-in, 新室町院) (1311–1337), daughter of Emperor Go-Fushimi

* Imperial Princess Yukiko (幸子内親王) (1335–?)

Nyōgo : Fujiwara no Eishi (藤原栄子), daughter of Nijō Michihira

Court lady: Minamoto no Chikako (源親子), daughter of Kitabatake Morochika (北畠師親)

* Imperial Prince Moriyoshi (or Morinaga) (護良親王) (1308–1335) – Head Priest of Enryakuji
(Tendai-zasu, 天台座主) (Buddhist name: Prince Son'un, 尊雲法親王) * Imperial Princess Hishi (妣子内親王) – nun in Imabayashi

Court lady: Fujiwara no Ishi/Tameko (藤原為子) (?–1311/2), daughter of Nijō Tameyo (二条為世)

* Imperial Prince Takayoshi (also Takanaga) (尊良親王) (1306/8–1337) * Imperial Prince Munenaga (also Muneyoshi) (宗良親王) (1311–1385?) – Head Priest of Enryakuji
(Tendai-zasu, 天台座主) (Buddhist name: Prince Sonchō, 尊澄法親王) * Imperial Princess Tamako (瓊子内親王) (1316–1339) – nun * Imperial Princess Kinshi (欣子内親王) – nun in Imabayashi

Court lady: Ichijō no Tsubone (一条局), daughter of Saionji Sanetoshi (西園寺実俊)

* Imperial Prince Tokiyoshi (also Yoyoshi) (世良親王) (1306/8–1330) * Imperial Prince Jōson (静尊法親王) (Imperial Prince Keison, 恵尊法親王) – priest in Shōgoin (聖護院) * princess – nun in Imabayashi

Court lady: Fujiwara no Renshi (Ano Renshi) (藤原廉子/阿野廉子) (Shin-Taikenmon-in, 新待賢門院) (1301–1359), daughter of Ano Kinkado (阿野公廉)

* Imperial Prince Tsunenaga (also Tsuneyoshi) (恒良親王) (1324–1338) * Imperial Prince Nariyoshi (also Narinaga) (成良親王) (1326–1338/1344) * Imperial Prince Noriyoshi (義良親王) ( Emperor Go-Murakami
Emperor Go-Murakami
) (1328–1368) * Imperial Princess Shoshi (祥子内親王) – Saiō
at Ise Shrine 1333–1336; later, nun in Hōan-ji * Imperial Princess Ishi (惟子内親王) – nun in Imabayashi

Court lady: Gon-no- Dainagon
no Sammi no Tsubone (権大納言三位局) (?–1351), daughter of Nijō Tamemichi (二条為道)

* Imperial Prince Hōnin (法仁法親王) (1325–1352) – priest in Ninna-ji * Prince Kaneyoshi (also Kanenaga) (懐良親王) (1326–1383) – Seisei Taishōgun (征西大将軍) 1336–? * princess

Princess: a daughter of Emperor Kameyama
Emperor Kameyama

* Kōshō (恒性) (1319–1333) – priest

Court lady: Shōshō no Naishi (少将内侍), daughter of Sugawara no Arinaka (菅原在仲)

* Imperial Prince Seijo (聖助法親王) (?–?) – Head Priest of Onjō-ji

Court lady: Fujiwara no Chikako (藤原親子), daughter of Kazan'in Munechika (花山院宗親)

* Imperial Prince Mitsuyoshi (満良親王)

Court lady: Fujiwara no Shushi/Moriko (藤原守子), daughter of Tōin Saneyasu (洞院実泰)

* Imperial Prince Gen'en (玄円法親王) – Head Priest of Kōfuku-ji

Court lady: Konoe no Tsubone (近衛局)

* Prince Tomoyoshi (知良王)

Court lady: Shōnagon no Naishi (少納言内侍), daughter of Shijō Takasuke (四条隆資)

* Sonshin (尊真) – priest

Court lady: Gon-no-Chūnagon no Tsubone (権中納言局), daughter of Sanjō Kinyasu (三条公泰)

* Imperial Princess Sadako (貞子内親王)

Court lady: Mimbu-kyō no Tsubone (民部卿局)

* princess – married to Konoe Mototsugu (divorced later)

(unknown women)

* Imperial Prince Saikei (最恵法親王) – priest in Myōhō-in * Mumon Gensen (無文元選) (1323–1390) – founder of Hōkō-ji (Shizuoka) * Yōdō (?–1398) – 5th Head Nun of Tōkei-ji

Go-Daigo had some other princesses from some court ladies.


(公卿) is a collective term for the very few most powerful men attached to the court of the Emperor of Japan
Emperor of Japan
in pre-Meiji eras. Even during those years in which the court's actual influence outside the palace walls was minimal, the hierarchic organization persisted.

In general, this elite group included only three to four men at a time. These were hereditary courtiers whose experience and background would have brought them to the pinnacle of a life's career. During Go-Daigo's reign, this apex of the Daijō-kan

* Kampaku
, Nijō Michihira , 1316–1318 * Kampaku, Ichijō Uchitsune , 1318–1323 * Kampaku, Kujō Fusazane , 1323–1324 * Kampaku, Takatsukasa Fuyuhira , 1324–1327 * Kampaku, Nijō Michihira, 1327–1330 * Kampaku, Konoe Tsunetada , 1330 * Kampaku, Takatsukasa Fuyunori, 1330–1333 * Sadaijin
* Udaijin
* Naidaijin
* Dainagon


The years of Go-Daigo's reign are more specifically identified by more than one era name or nengō . Emperor Go-Daigo's eight era name changes are mirrored in number only in the reign of Emperor Go-Hanazono , who also reigned through eight era name changes. Japanese Imperial kamon — a stylized chrysanthemum blossom PRE-NANBOKU-CHō COURT

* Bunpō (1317–1319) * Gen\'ō (1319–1321) * Genkō (1321–1324) * Shōchū (1324–1326) * Karyaku
(1326–1329) * Gentoku (1329–1331) * Genkō (1331–1334) * Kenmu (1334–1336)


* Eras as reckoned by legitimate sovereign's Court (as determined by Meiji rescript)

* Engen (1336–1340)


* Eras as reckoned by pretender sovereign's Court (as determined by Meiji rescript)

* Shōkei (1332–1338) * Ryakuō (1338–1342)


Emperor Go-Daigo
Emperor Go-Daigo
appears in the alternate history novel Romanitas by Sophia McDougall .


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* ^ A B Imperial Household Agency
Imperial Household Agency
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Google Books
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Google Books
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Google Books
; Varley, p. 44; a distinct act of senso is unrecognized prior to Emperor Tenji ; and all sovereigns except Jitō , Yōzei , Go-Toba , and Fushimi have senso and sokui in the same year until the reign of Emperor Go-Murakami
Emperor Go-Murakami
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Google Books
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Google Books


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* Kansai Digital Archives: Go-Daigo mausoleum enclosure, image


Preceded by Emperor Hanazono
Emperor Hanazono
Emperor of Japan
Emperor of Japan
: Go-Daigo 1318–1339 Succeeded by Emperor Go-Murakami
Emperor Go-Murakami
__________ Emperor Kōgon
Emperor Kōgon

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* Italics mark imperial consort and regent Jingū, who is not traditionally listed. * Years given as CE / AD


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* Ōjin * Nintoku * Richū * Hanzei * Ingyō * Ankō * Yūryaku * Seinei * Kenzō * Ninken * Buretsu * Keitai * Ankan * Senka



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