Fujiwara no Fuyutsugu

Fujiwara no Fuyutsugu
Fujiwara no Fuyutsugu by Kikuchi Yōsai.

Fujiwara no Fuyutsugu

Fujiwara no Fuyutsugu (藤原冬嗣) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan (more specifically the Hokke Branch) who lived from 775AD to 826AD. He was the son of Fujiwara no Uchimaro, having sons and a daughter by the names of Fujiwara no Yoshifusa, Fujiwara no Junshi12, Fujiwara no Nagara3, Fujiwara no Yoshisuke and Fujiwara no Yoshikado,1 Fujiwara no Yoshiyo and Fujiwara no Koshi2. He was also known as Kan’in no Sadaijin (閑院大臣)1.

In 810, turbulence which eventually led to the Kusuko Incident caused the Emperor Saga to appoint Fuyutsugu head of the Kurōdo-dokoro (informal secretariat ensuring the secrecy of imperial affairs.)2 Due to this in 825 he was granted the role of sadaijin12.

As a poet he also helped in the compilation of the Bunka shūrei shū in 81812, these being a collection of Chinese poems.1

Later in 820 he compiled the Kōnin kyakushiki, a book on legal regulations and precedents.2

The following year in 821 he founded the Kangaku-in school to educate his family.12

It is also stated he arranged the marriage of his daughter to Emperor Ninmyō (the same source material also states it was Yoshifusa who arranged the marriage.)2


1. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
2. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.
3. Brinkley, F. (1915) “A History of the Japanese People from the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era.” New York: The Encyclopaedia Britannica Company.

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