|Emperor of Japan|
|Born||18 November 709|
|Died||11 January 782|
|Buried||Tahara no higashi no misasagi (Nara)|
Emperor Kōnin (光仁天皇 Kōnin-tennō, 18 November 709 – 11 January 782) was the 49th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Kōnin's reign started in 770 and ended in 781.
Traditional narrative[change | change source]
Kōnin had five wives and seven Imperial sons and daughters.
Events of Kōnin's life[change | change source]
- 8 September 769 (Jingo-keiun 3, 4th day of the 8th month): In the 5th year of Shōtoku's reign, she died; and Prince Shirakabe was her heir.
- 28 August 770 (Jingo-keiun 4, 4th day of the 8th month): The succession (senso) was received by Prince Shirakabe, who was the 62-year-old grandson of Emperor Tenji.
- 23 October 770 (Jingo-keiun 4, 1st day of the 10th month): Emperor Kōnin was said to have acceded to the throne (sokui) in a formal ceremony. The era name was changed to Hōki 1.
- 781 (Ten'ō 1, 4th month): In the 11th year of Kōnin's reign, he abdicated in favor of his son who became known as Emperor Kammu.
- 781 (Ten'ō 1, 12th month) : Kōnin died at the age of 73.
After his death[change | change source]
Eras of Kōnin's reign[change | change source]
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), 光仁天皇 (49); retrieved 2011-12-26.
- Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 60.
- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 81-85; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 276-277; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, pp. 147-148.
- Brown, p. 276; Varley, pp. 147-149.
- Brown, p. 277.
- Brown, pp. 276-277.
- Brown, p. 276; Varley, p. 44, 148; 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. Compare Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), Ceremony of Accession (Sokui-no-Rei); retrieved 2012-5-22.
- Titsingh, p. 81; Brown, p. 277; Varley, p. 44, 148.
- Brown, p. 277; Varley, p. 148.
- Titsingh, p. 81; Brown, p. 277.
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