|Emperor of Japan|
|Birthplace||Somedono In, Heian Kyō (Kyōto)|
|Place of death||Heian Kyō (Kyōto)|
|Buried||Kaguragaoka no Higashi no misasagi (Kyōto)|
|Mother||Fujiwara no Takaiko|
Traditional narrative[change | change source]
Events of Yōzei's life[change | change source]
Yōzei was made emperor when he was a young boy.
- 18 December 876 : In the 18th year of Emperor Seiwa's reign, he abdicated. Prince Sadaakira received the succession (senso).
- 20 January 877 (Gangyō 1, 3rd day of the 1st month): Yōzei was formally established as emperor (sokui). This was confirmed in ceremonies.
- 883 (Gangyō 7): Yōzei showed signs of mental illness and violent incidents which could not be ignored. For example, he killed people randomly in the court.
- 4 March 884 (Gangyō 8, 4th day of the 2nd month): Fujiwara no Mototsune removed Yōzei from the palace; and Yōzei was deposed as emperor.
- 889 (Kanpyō 1, 10th month): Former- Emperor Yōzei again began killing people randomly. Sometimes he disappeared into the mountains where he chased wild boars and Sika Deer,
Yōzei lived in retirement until the age of 81.
After his death[change | change source]
Eras of Yōzei's reign[change | change source]
The years of Yōzei's reign are more identified by more than one Japanese era.
Legacy[change | change source]
In ancient Japan, there were four noble clans, the Gempeitōkitsu (源平藤橘). One of these clans, the Minamoto clan (源氏) are also known as Genji, and of these, the Yōzei Genji (陽成源氏) are descended from the 57th emperor Yōzei.
Yōzei fathered nine sons who were born after his abdication.
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō): 陽成天皇 (57)
- Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, pp. 66-67.
- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 121-124; Brown, Delmer. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 288-289; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinō Shōtōki, pp. 170-171.
- Titsingh, p. 121; Varley, p. 170.
- Varley, p. 170.
- Titsigh, p. 121.
- Titsingh, p. 122.
- Titsingh, p. 122; Brown, p. 288.
- Varley, p. 44; 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 2011-12-23.
- Titsingh, pp. 123-124.
- Titsingh, p. 124; Varley, p.171.
- Titsingh, p. 127.
- Varley, p. 171.
- Ponsonby-Fane, p. 420.
- Titsingh, Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 121-124.
- Brown, p. 288.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Emperor Yōzei at Wikimedia Commons
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