|Reign||December 5, 539 – April 15, 571|
|Died||April 15, 571(aged 62)|
|Buried||Hinokuma no saki Ai no misasagi (Nara)|
Soga no Kitashihime
Soga no Oane Hime
Nukako no Iratsume
|Mother||Princess Tashiraka no Himemiko|
Emperor Kinmei (欽明天皇 Kinmei-tennō, 509–571), also written as Kimmei, was the 29th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign started in 540 and ended in 571. Historians consider details about the life of Emperor Kinmei to be possibly legendary, but probable. The name Kimmu-tennō was created for him posthumously by later generations.
Traditional history[change | change source]
Kinmei had six wives and 25 Imperial children (16 sons and 9 daughters).
Events of Kinmei's life[change | change source]
- 539: Emperor Senka died from old age in 539, and the succession was received by his younger brother, who would become known as Emperor Kinmei.
- 572: In the 32nd year of Kinmei's reign, he died; and his second son became his successor.
In this reign, the emperor's chief ministers were:
- Soga no Iname, also known as Soga no Iname no Sukune. The Soga clan were supporters of Buddhism.
- Mononobe no Okoshi, also known as Monotobe Okoshi no Muraji. The Mononobe clan opposed the introduction of Buddhism.
- Nakatomi no Kanamura, also known as Ōtomo Kanamura Maro. The Nakatomi clan opposed the introduction of Buddhism.
After his death[change | change source]
According to the Imperial Household Agency, the emperor's final resting place is in an earthen tumulus (kofun). Kinmei is venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) which is associated with the burial mound.
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References[change | change source]
- Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), 欽明天皇 (29); retrieved 2011-10-18.
- McCullough, Helen Craig. (1966). Yoshitsune: a fifteenth-century Japanese chronicle, p. 322.
- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 34-36; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 261-262; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. pp. 123-124; Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric et al. (2002). "Traditional order of Tennō" in Japan encyclopedia, pp. 962-963.
- Kelly, Charles F. "Kofun Culture," Japanese Archaeology. April 27, 2009; retrieved 2011-10-18.
- Aston, William George. (1896). Nihongi, pp. 109.
- Brown, p. 262.
- Varley, p. 121.
- Varley, p. 44. Compare Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), Ceremony of Accession (Sokui-no-Rei); retrieved 2011-12-23.
- Titsingh, p. 36; Brown, pp. 261-262, Varley, p. 44.
- Martin, Peter. (1997). The Chrysanthemum Throne: a history of the Emperors of Japan, p. 34.
- Aston, William. (1998). Nihongi, pp. 146-147.
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