Fujiwara no Fubito

Fujiwara no Fubito
Fubito by Kikuchi Yosai.

Fujiwara no Fubito

Fujiwara no Fubito (藤原 不比等) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan living from 659-720AD23. He was father of Miyako and Asukabehime as well as being grandfather to Prince Obito.1

He was also the father of Fujiwara no Muchimaro, Fusasaki, Umakai and Maro.2 These four sons would each found a different branch of the Fujiwara Clan. The Nanke, Hokke, Shikike and Kyōke.23 He was the second son of Nakatomi no Kamatari.3

During his lifetime he gave his support to Empress Genmei’s claim to the throne to secure his grandson’s future claim to the throne as Obito’s mother was his daughter Miyako.1 He would also see his two daughters married to the Emperors Monmu and Shōmu.23

He helped draw up the Taiho Code in 70123 and due to this found himself recieving the rank of dainagon and later udajin, a rank he held through the reigns of Jitō, Genmei and Genshō.2

Later in 718 he began the compilation of the Yōrō Code, but died before its completion.3

After his death he was posthumously given the title of Dajō Daijin and four poems of his can be found in the Kaifūso.23

Footnotes

1. Tsurumi, P. (1981) “Early Female Emperors” Historical Reflections Vol.8 No.1 pp.41-49.
2. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
3. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.

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