Emperor Seimu

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Emperor of Japan
Reign131–191 (traditional)[1]
Died191 (aged 106–107)
Saki no Tatanami no misasagi (Nara)
FatherEmperor Keikō

Emperor Seimu (成務天皇, Seimu-tennō) was the 13th emperor of Japan,[2] according to the traditional order of succession.[3] Historians consider Emperor Seimu to be a legendary person,[4] and the name Seimu-tennō was created for him posthumously by later generations.

No certain dates can be assigned to this emperor's life or reign.[5] The conventionally accepted names and sequence of the early emperors were not to be confirmed as "traditional" until the reign of Emperor Kammu, who was the 50th monarch of the Yamato dynasty.[6]

Traditional history[change | change source]

Seimu is almost certainly a legend; but the Kojiki and Nihonshoki record his name.[7]

Events of Seimu's life[change | change source]

The limited information about Seimu does not imply that no such person ever existed. Very little information is available for study prior to the reign of the 29th monarch, Emperor Kimmei.[8]

After his death[change | change source]

This emperor's official name after his death (his posthumous name) was regularized many centuries after the lifetime which was ascribed to Seimu.[7]

The actual site of his grave is not known. According to the Imperial Household Agency, this emperor is venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) at Nara.[2]

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References[change | change source]

The chrysanthemum symbol of the Japanese emperor and his family.
  1. "Genealogy of the Emperors of Japan" at Kunaicho.go.jp; retrieved 2013-8-28.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), 成務天皇 (13); retrieved 2011-10-19.
  3. Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 14-15; Varley, Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, pp. 99-100; Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric et al. (2002). "Traditional order of Tennō" in Japan encyclopedia, pp. 962-963.
  4. Kelly, Charles F. "Kofun Culture," Japanese Archaeology. April 27, 2009; retrieved 2011-10-19.
  5. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 30.
  6. Aston, William George. (1896). Nihongi, pp. 109.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Aston, William. (1998). Nihongi. Vol. 1, pp. 188-214.
  8. Titsingh, pp. 34-36; Brown, pp. 261-262; Varley, pp. 123-124.

Preceded by
Emperor Keikō
Legendary Emperor of Japan:

(traditional dates)
Succeeded by
Emperor Chūai