- Reign: 672AD
- Period: Asuka Period
- Family: Emperor Tenji (father) Emperor Tenmu (uncle)
- Burial Place: –
- Order of Succession: Predecessor Emperor Tenji * Successor Emperor Tenmu
His reign sadly only last a few months, his Uncle Temmu impatient for the throne instigated an armed uprising which became known as the Jinshin no Ran (壬申の乱). Kōbun rose to meet the attack in person but was sadly defeated and so committed suicide.1
1. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.
2. MacMillan, P. (2018) ”One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse”. St. Ives: Penguin Classics.
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