Haji no Ushikatsu

Haji no Ushikatsu

Haji no Ushikatsu (土師 牛勝) was a member of the Haji Clan who we see mentioned as Lieutenant Governor of Kazusa Province in 738AD.

In 745 we see him in the capital with the rank of senior sixth rank upper grade. By 746 he had been promoted to the outer fifth rank, lower grade, and four months later had become director of the ‘Bureau of Mausolea.’ He was the last Haji to reached this role.

Later in 751 he was fortunate to go from the outer to inner ranks and was promoted again in 755 to junior fifth rank upper grade. He was first Haji since 728 to achieve this.

He likely achieved this as he helped in the establshemnt of Todaiji. Records say he led a group of dancers who performed a dedication to the Great Buddha here in 752.1

Footnotes

1. Borgen, R. (1975) “The Origins of the Sugawara. A History of the Haji Family”. Monumenta Nipponica. Vol.30 No.4 pp.405-422

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Haji no Ushikatsu