- Period: Legendary Period
- Occupation: Empress
- Family: Emperor Suinin (husband) Inishikinoiribiko (son) Emperor Keikō (son) Ohonakatsuhiko (son) Yamatohime (daughter) Wakakiiribiko (son) Tanika no hiko Tatatsumichinoushi (father) Taniha no Kahakami no Masu no Iratsume (mother) Mikadawake (brother) Matonuhime (sister) Otohime (sister) Nubatanoiribika (sister) Azaminoiribime (sister) Takanohime (sister) Utakorihime (sister) Yehime (sister)
- Birth: –
- Death: –
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She was a member of the Imperial family prior to her marriage to the Emperor as she is a descendant of Emperor Kaika. Her parents were Tanika no hiko Tatatsumichinoushi and Taniha no Kahakami no Masu no Iratsume.234
This was after she had been summoned alongside her sisters Nubatanoiribika, Matounuhime, Azaminoiribime and Takanohime by the Emperor after his first wife, Sahobime, recommended them as future marriage candidates.4
In the nihongi it states she died in the ’32nd year, Atumn, 7th month, 6th day’ of her husbands reign.4
Upon her death the Emperor asked what should be done for her funeral. Some of the ministers stated that they should follow the tradition carried out upon the death of Yamatohiko, in that her retainers should be buried alive alongside her.
However, Nomi no Sukune devised an alternative as he thought this form of sacrifice was contrary to a benevolent government. Nomi no Sukune took 300 potters and made images from clay, the Emperor liking what had been created decreed they would be used instead of burying peoples retainers alive. These items became known as haniwa. This event is recorded in the nihongi but not the kojiki.14
1. Borgen, R. (1975) “The Origins of the Sugawara. A History of the Haji Family”. Monumenta Nipponica. Vol.30 No.4 pp.405-422
2. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.
3. Chamberlain, B. H. (1932) “Translation of the Kojiki.” Kobe: J.L. Thompson & Co.
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4. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.