|Emperor of Japan|
Unebi-yama no ushitora no sumi no misasagi (Nara)
There are no certain dates for this emperor's life or reign. The names and sequence of the early emperors were not confirmed as "traditional" until the reign of Emperor Kammu, who was the 50th monarch of the Yamato dynasty.
Traditional history[change | change source]
Events of Jimmu's life[change | change source]
The traditional story is that Jimmu came from Kyushu to Yamato Province on the island of Honshu. The story explains that he followed a three legged crow. He established his reign at Kashihara near Osaka.
After his death[change | change source]
The actual site of his grave is not known. According to the Imperial Household Agency, the emperor is venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) in Kashihara at Nara. The mausoleum is located a short distance from Kashihara Shrine.
National holiday[change | change source]
In 1872, the Meiji government declared that February 11, 660 BC was the exact date on which the reign of Jimmu began. This was identified as the start of the Japanese nation. This mythical date was commemorated as the holiday Kigensetsu ("Era Day"). This national holiday was celebrated from 1872 to 1948.
The Kigensetsu events in 1940 were special. They celebrated what was believed to be 2,600 years since the start of Emperor Jimmu's reign.
There has been a similar Japanese national holiday since February 11, 1966. It is called National Foundation Day (Kenkoku Kinen no hi).
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), 神武天皇 (1); retrieved 2011-10-19.
- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 1-3; Brown, Delmer M. (1979). Gukanshō, p. 249; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, pp. 84-88.
- Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 29.
- Aston, William George. (1896). Nihongi, p. 109 n1.
- Kelly, Charles F. "Kofun Culture," Japanese Archaeology. April 27, 2009; retrieved 2011-10-19.
- Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1915). The Imperial Family of Japan, p. 1.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Jimmu Tennō," Japan encyclopedia, pp. 420-421; excerpt, "... it is not certain that he actually existed. He was probably a composite ...."
- Louis-Frédéric, "Traditional order of Tennō" at pp. 962-963; excerpt, "dates ... should be treated with caution up to Emperor Bidatsu Tennō, the thirtieth on the list."
- Brinkley, Frank. (1915). A History of the Japanese People from the Earliest Times to the end of the Meiji Era, p. 21; excerpt, "Posthumous names for the earthly Mikados were invented in the reign of Emperor Kammu (782–805) ...."
- Nussbaum, "Kigen" at p. 514[permanent dead link].
- Brownlee, John. Japanese Historians and the National Myths, 1600-1945: The Age of the Gods, pp. 136, 180-185.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Emperor Jimmu at Wikimedia Commons
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