- Reign: 214-158BC
- Born: 273BC
- Period: Legendery Period
- Family: Emperor Kōrei (father) Kuwashi Hime (mother) Uchishikome (wife) Ohobiko (son) Emperor Kaika (son) Sukunabikookokoro (son) Yamatotohime (daughter) Ikagashikome (concubine) Hikofutooshimakoto (son) Haniyasuhime (concubine) Takehaniyasuhiko (son)
- Burial place: misasagi on Tsurugi Lake
- Order of Succession: Predecessor Emperor Kōrei * Successor Emperor Kaika
Table of Contents
Ponsonby says he was 60 when he took the throne.1
Events from his reign detailed in the Nihongi are as follows:
- 1st year, Spring, 1st month, 14th day – Kōgen ascends the throne. He gives the Empress the title Kodaigo.
- 4th year, Spring, 3rd month, 11th day – Capital moved to Karu, residing in the Palace of Sakahibara.
- 6th year, Autumn, 9th month, 6th day – Emperor Kōrei is buried in his misasagi on Mumazaka in Kataoka.
- 7th year, Spring, 2nd month, 2nd day – Uchishikome is made Empress.
- The Empress gives birth to Ohobiko, Emperor Kwaika and Yamatototohime.
- With concubine Ikashikome they have Hikofutooshimakoto.
- With concubine Haniyasuhime they have Takehaniyasuhiko.
- 22nd year, Spring, 1st month, 14th day – Kwaika is made heir.
- 57th year, Autumn, 9th month, 2nd day – The Emperor dies.
He was buried in his misasagi on the “5th year, Spring, 2nd month, 6th day” of his sons reign.2
1. Ponsonby, F. (1959) “The Imperial House of Japan.” Kyoto: Ponsonby Memorial Society.
2. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.
3. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.
4. Chamberlain, B. H. (1932) “Translation of the Kojiki.” Kobe: J.L. Thompson & Co.
5. Varley, H.P (1980) “A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa.” New York: Columbia University Press.
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