- Reign: 71-131AD
- Period: Legendary Period
- Family: Emperor Suinin (father) Yamato Dake (son) , Emperor Seimu (son)
- Burial place: –
- Order of Succession: Predecessor Emperor Suinin * Successor Emperor Seimu
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.2
During his lifetime many military campaigns were led by his son Yamato Dake, with the Emperor being said to have had 72 sons and 8 daughters.1 He is also said to have led a campaign to quash a rebellion in Kyushu. 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.3
1. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.
2. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.
3. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.
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