Emperor Richū

Emperor Richū
Symbol of the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Emperor Richū

Emperor Richū (履中天皇) is the seventeenth Emperor of Japan, claiming the throne after a dispute with a rival candidate. After his death, his grandsons Emperor Kenzo and Emperor Ninken would become the twenty-third and fourth Emperors of Japan due to a lack of suitable succession candidates.1

It appears Chinese was become more widespread in Japan as in the 4th year of his reign it is noted that:

”local Recorders were appointed for the first time in the various provinces, who noted down statements, and communicated the writings of the four quarters.”12

The Imperial Treasury was also formally established during his reign whose accountants had control of:

”gold and silver, jewels, precious utensils, brocade and satin, sarsnet, rugs and mattresses, and the rare objects sent as tribute by the various barbarians.”

It is said he died from a lack of harmony in the ‘elements of water and earth’ within him. Showing Chinese Ying and Yang theories had reached Japan by his reign.1


1. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.
2. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.

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