By the reign of Empress Kōgyoku this Clan had grown a hatred towards the Soga Clan due to their overarching political control of the Imperial Family, having placed numerous Emperors of their choice on the throne and so the then head of the clan Nakatomi no Kamatari aided in the destruction of the Soga Clan.
Between the 4th and 7th Centuries they, with the Imbe Clan oversaw the Yamato Court.3
During the reign of Emperor Kōtoku in the 7th Century, this clan alongside the Imbe Clan and Urabe Clan were tasked with overseeing the Shinto department known as the Jingikan.
Kamatari under the reign of Emperor Tenji had his family name changed to Fujiwara and so a new clan was born.2
1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press. 2. Martin, P. (1997) “The Chrysanthemum Throne” Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited. 3. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd. 4. Varley, H.P (1980) “A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa.” New York: Columbia University Press.