EMPEROR KINMEI (欽明天皇, Kinmei-tennō , 509–571) was the 29th
His reign is said to have spanned the years from 539 through 571. Kinmei is the first Japanese emperor for whom contemporary historiography is able to assign verifiable dates.
* 1 Traditional narrative
* 1.1 Events of Kinmei\'s life
* 2 Genealogy * 3 See also * 4 Notes * 5 References
Kinmei's contemporary title would not have been tennō, as most historians believe this title was not introduced until the reigns of Emperor Tenmu and Empress Jitō . Rather, it was presumably Sumeramikoto or Amenoshita Shiroshimesu Ōkimi (治天下大王), meaning "the great king who rules all under heaven." Alternatively, Kinmei might have been referred to as (ヤマト大王/大君) or the "Great King of Yamato."
EVENTS OF KINMEI\'S LIFE
Because of several chronological discrepancies in the account of
According to this account, Emperor Senka died in 539 at the age of 73; and succession passed to the third son of Emperor Keitai . This Imperial Prince was the next youngest brother of Emperor Senka. He would come to be known as Emperor Kinmei. He established his court at Shikishima no Kanazashi Palace (磯城嶋金刺宮) in Yamato .
The emperor's chief counselors were:
* Ōomi (Great Imperial chieftain): Soga no Iname no Sukune, also known as Soga no Iname . * Ōmuraji (Great Deity chieftain): Monotobe Okoshi no Muraji, also known as Mononobe no Okoshi . * Ōmuraji (Great Deity chieftain): Ōtomo Kanamura Maro , also known as Nakatomi no Kanamura.
Although the imperial court was not moved to the Asuka region of
According to the Nihon Shoki,
With the introduction of a new religion to the court, a deep rift developed between the Mononobe clan , who supported the worship of Japan\'s traditional deities , and the Soga clan, who supported the adoption of Buddhism.
According to the Nihon Shoki,
This emperor is traditionally venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) at Nara. The Imperial Household Agency designates the Nara location as Kinmei's mausoleum . It is formally named Hinokuma no saki Ai no misasagi; however, the actual sites of the graves of the early emperors remain problematic, according to some historians and archaeologists.
Emperor Kinmei's father was Emperor Keitai and his mother was Emperor Ninken 's daughter, Princess Tashiraka (手白香皇女, Tashiraka Ōjo). In his lifetime, he was known by the name Amekuni Oshiharaki Hironiwa (天国排開広庭).
Kinmei had six Empresses and 25 Imperial children (16 sons and 9 daughters). According to Nihongi, he had six wives; but Kojiki only gives five wives, identifying the third consort to the sixth one. The first three were his nieces, daughters of his half brother Senka; two others were sisters, daughters of the Omi Soga no Iname
* Princess Ishi-Hime (or Iwa-hime), daughter of Emperor Senka by his Empress Tachibana no Nakatsu; Empress 540 ; Grand Empress 572; 3 imperial children :
* Imperial Prince Yata no Tamakatsu no Oe (eldest son) * Imperial Prince Nunakura Futotama-Shiki ( Emperor Bidatsu ); born 538 (second son) * Imperial Princess Kasanui (also named Princess Satake)
* Princess Kura Wayaka-Hime, daughter of Emperor Senka by his Empress Tachibana no Nakatsu; second consort; 1 imperial Prince :
* Imperial Prince Iso no Kami, born 539/540
* Princess Hikage, daughter of Emperor Senka probably by a concubine; third consort; 1 imperial Prince:
* Imperial Prince Kura (Prince Soga no Kura)
* Imperial Prince Oe or Ikebe (
Emperor Yōmei ); born 540 (fourth
* Imperial Princess Ihane-hime or Ihakumo, Ise Virgin; had to resign
her charge being convicted of intrigue with her half brother Imperial
* Imperial Prince Atori
* Imperial Princess Nukatabe (
Empress Suiko ), born 553, died 626
* Imperial Prince Maroko
* Imperial Princess Ohoyake
* Imperial Prince Iso no
* Soga no Oane hime, daughter of Soga no Iname ; fifth consort ; 5 imperial children:
* Imperial Prince Mubaragi * Imperial Prince Katsuraki * Imperial Princess Hasetsukabe no Anahobe no Hashihito, born about 560; died 621; married (A) to her half brother Emperor Yomei; married (B) to her nephew and stepson Prince Tame Toyora, son of Emperor Yomei * Imperial Prince Amatsukabe Anahobe (Prince Sume-Irodo), killed 7 VI 587 * Imperial Prince Hatsusebe ( Emperor Sushun )
* Nukako no Iratsume, daughter of Kasuga no Hifuri no Omi ;sixth consort; 2 imperial children:
* Imperial Princess Kasuga no Yamada no Iratsume * Imperial Prince Tachibana no Maro
* ^ A B
Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō): 欽明天皇 (29);
* ^ Titsingh, Isaac . (1834). pp. 34–36; Brown, Delmer . (1979).
Gukanshō, pp. 261–262; Varley, H. Paul . (1980). pp. 123–124;
Ponsonby-Fane, Richard . (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 45.
* ^ Hoye, Timothy. (1999). Japanese Politics: Fixed and Floating
Worlds, p. 78; excerpt, "According to legend, the first Japanese
emperor was Jimmu. Along with the next 13 emperors, Jimmu is not
considered an actual, historical figure. Historically verifiable
* Aston, William George. (1896). Nihongi: Chronicles of