Fujiwara no Michinaga
- Period: Heian Period
- Occupation: udajin, nairan, dajō daijin, sesshō
- Family: Fujiwara no Kaneie (father) Fujiwara no Shōshi (daughter) Fujiwara no Kenshi (daughter) Fujiwara no Ishi (daughter) Fujiwara no Sonshi (daughter) Fujiwara no Kanshi (daughter) Fujiwara no Seishi (daughter) Fujiwara no Kishi (daughter) Fujiwara no Nagaie (son) Fujiwara no Yoshinobu (son) Fujiwara no Yorimune (son) Fujiwara no Norimichi (son) Fujiwara no Yorimichi (son) Fujiwara no Michitaka (brother) Fujiwara no Michikane (brother) Fujiwara no Michitsuna (brother) Fujiwara no Senshi (sister) Fujiwara no Suishi (sister) Fujiwara no Chōshi (sister)
- Birth: 966AD
- Death: 1028AD
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Fujiwara no Michinaga
Michinaga was the son of Fujiwara no Kaneie and had many children, these being Fujiwara no Shōshi, Fujiwara no Kenshi, Fujiwara no Ishi, Fujiwara no Sonshi, Fujiwara no Kanshi, Fujiwara no Seishi, Fujiwara no Kishi, Fujiwara no Nagaie, Fujiwara no Yoshinobu, Fujiwara no Yorimune, Fujiwara no Norimichi and Fujiwara no Yorimichi.2
Michinaga ruled for thirty years and it was during his lifetime that the Fujiwara Clan reached its height of power. In 995 he became head of the clan and was appointed udajin and nairan. He banished his nephew Fujiwara no Korechika in 996, who was his rival, and so ruled uncontested.2 In addition to that he also had Korechika’s son Fujiwara no Michimasa removed from his position of Sakyo no Taifu after his affair with Princess Masako.3
Though he was never granted the title of kampaku he essentially had all the power over the position. To further reinforce his power he allied with the Seiwa Genji.12 He also saw to it that his son Yorimichi was given the title of kampaku and saw his other sons placed into minserial roles.1
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. MacMillan, P. (2018) ”One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse”. St. Ives: Penguin Classics.
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