Emperor Seinei

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Emperor of Japan
Reign480-484 (traditional dates)
Iware no mikakuri Palace
Kawachi no Sakado no hara no misasagi (Osaka)

Emperor Seinei (清寧天皇, Seinei-tennō) was the 22nd emperor of Japan,[1] according to the traditional order of succession.[2] Historians consider details about the life of Emperor Seinei to be possibly legendary, but probable.[3] The name Seinei-tennō was created for him posthumously by later generations.

No certain dates can be assigned to this emperor's life or reign.[4] 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.[5]

Traditional history[change | change source]

According to Kojiki and Nihonshoki, Seinei was a son of Emperor Yūryaku.[6]

Seinei fathered no children. He adopted two grandsons of Emperor Richū. Each would attain the throne; and they would become known as Emperor Ninken and as Emperor Kenzo[7]

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

Very little is known about the events of Seinei's life and reign. Only limited information is available for study prior to the reign of the 29th monarch, Emperor Kimmei.[8]

After the death of his father, Seinei overcame others in the struggle for power.

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 Seinei.[9]

According to the Imperial Household Agency, the emperor's final resting place is in an earthen tumulus (kofun). This emperor is venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) which is associated with the burial mound.[1]

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References[change | change source]

The chrysanthemum symbol of the Japanese emperor and his family.
  1. 1.0 1.1 Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), 清寧天皇 (22); retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 28-29; Varley, Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, pp. 115-116; Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric et al. (2002). "Traditional order of Tennō" in Japan encyclopedia, pp. 962-963.
  3. Kelly, Charles F. "Kofun Culture," Japanese Archaeology. April 27, 2009; retrieved 2011-10-16.
  4. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 30.
  5. Aston, William George. (1896). Nihongi, pp. 109.
  6. Titsingh, p. 29.
  7. Aston, William. (1998). Nihongi, Vol. 1, pp. 373-377.
  8. Titsingh, pp. 34-36; Brown, pp. 261-262; Varley, pp. 123-124.
  9. Aston (1998), pp. 146-147.

Preceded by
Emperor Yūryaku
Legendary Emperor of Japan

(traditional dates)
Succeeded by
Emperor Kenzō