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With Yasakairihime he had the future Emperor Seimu,15 as well as, Ihokiirihiko, Oshiwake, Wakayamatoneko, Ōsuwake, Nunoshi, Nunaki, Ihokiirihime, Kakoyorihime, Isakinoirihiko, Kibinoehiko, Takakinoirihime and Otohime.1
Prior to Reign
Prior to his reign in the 30th year of his fathers reign he and his brother Inishikinoiribiko were commanded to state what it is that they want. Inishikinoiribiko says all he wants is a bow and arrow, Emperor Keikō saying he wanted the throne.
Due to this the asked for gifts were given and Emperor Keikō was made heir officially in his 37th year of his ruling.1
Death of Ōsu
Prince Ōsu had been away from court from quite some time and so the Emperor asked his brother Yamato Takeru to deal with it. His way of dealing it being to tear his brother to pieces.
Rebellion of the Kumaso
Yamato Takeru is sent to deal with the rebellion of the Kumaso56.First in the 12th year of his reign where he goes to Tsukushi, and then again in the 13th year. During time Yamato Takeru resided in the Takaya Palace.6
Time in Kyushu
He is reported as the ruler who gave the North-West district of Kyushu its name of ‘Abundance’ after seeing the abundance of yams that grew here as well as giving Chikanoshima its name ‘Near Isles’ due to its proximity to Kyushu.23
He is also said to have led a campaign to quash a rebellion in Kyushu and so was absent from the capital from the 12th to 18th years of his reign.5 Whilst on board ship his navigator is said to have sailed there using ‘strange lights’ as a guide. These were the phenomenon known as the Shiranui.4
Creating Provincial Leaders
The Emperor makes most of his 72 sons into provincial leaders sending them to live in the places they are to govern over. All of them given the title of wake to denote a branch house.5
Rebellion on Ebisu and death of Yamato Takeru
In the Emperors 40th year Yamato Takeru is sent east to deal with the rebelling Eastern Barbarians (tōi) accompanied by Kibi no Takehiko and Ōtomo no Takehi. Going via the Ise Grand Shrine he is given the sword Kusanagi by his aunt Yamatohime.6
Following these exploits he goes on to kill several kami, however, one kami eventually make him ill and he passes away aged 30. The Emperor orders him buried on the plain of Nobo and also has tombs for him made in Kotohiki no Hara in Yamato and Furuichi in Kawachi as they see the spirit of Yamato Takeru as a bird fly to these places.6
After these were subjugated the Emperor took a tour of these places in the 53rd and 54th years of his reign before moving his palace to Shiga in Ōmi the following year.5 During this time he stayed in the Kambuta Palace in Ise.6
1. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.
2. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.
3. Chamberlain, B. H. (1932) “Translation of the Kojiki.” Kobe: J.L. Thompson & Co.
4. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.
5. Ponsonby, F. (1959) “The Imperial House of Japan.” Kyoto: Ponsonby Memorial Society.
6. Varley, H.P (1980) “A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa.” New York: Columbia University Press.
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