Fujiwara no Korechika

Fujiwara no Korechika

Fujiwara no Korechika

Fujiwara no Korechika (藤原 伊周) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan, more specifically the Hokke Branch of this clan. He lived from 9731/9742 to 1010AD and was son to Fujiwara no Michitaka12 and brother of Fujiwara no Teishi.1

As the son of the previous kampaku, he was expected to take the position on his fathers death. However, Emperor Ichijo placed Fujiwara no Michikane (his uncle) into the position. His uncle held the position for only a week with the title passing to his other uncle Fujiwara no Michinaga.2

Korechika was then accused of various crimes, including shooting an arrow at Emperor Kazan and so found himself exiled in 996 to Dazaifu1 by his uncle Michinaga.2 Given amnesty a year later he returned to court but was unable to restore the influence he had once held.2

Korechika was also known as Gidō Sanshi (儀同 三司) and Sotsu no Naidaijin (帥内 大臣).1

Footnotes

1. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
2. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.

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