Emperor Rokujō

Emperor of Japan
Reign 1165–1168
Predecessor Nijō
Successor Takakura
Born December 28, 1164
Died August 23, 1176 (aged 11)
Burial Seikanū-ji no Misasagi (Kyoto)

Emperor Rokujō (六条天皇 Rokujō-tennō) (December 28, 1164 – August 23, 1176) was the 79th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1165 through 1168.[1]


Before his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, his personal name (his imina)[2] was Nobuhito-shinnō.[3] He was as Yoshihito- or Toshihito-shinnō.[4]

He was the son of Emperor Nijō. He left no children.

Events of Rokujō's life

He was made Crown Prince before his first birthday, and was enthroned at the age of 8 months.

He was pressured by the Taira clan to abdicate in favor of his uncle, who became Emperor Takakura.

Rokujō died at the age of eleven. Because of his youth, he had neither consorts nor children. Government affairs were run by his grandfather, Retired Emperor Go-Shirakawa as cloistered emperor. His imperial mausoleum is designated as Seikanji no misasagi (清閑寺陵), located in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto.


Kugyō (公卿) is a collective term for the very few most powerful men attached to the court of the Emperor of Japan in pre-Meiji eras.

In general, this elite group included only three to four men at a time. These were hereditary courtiers whose experience and background would have brought them to the pinnacle of a life's career. During Rokujō's reign, this apex of the Daijō-kan included:

Eras of Emperor Rokujō's reign

The years of Rokujō's reign are more specifically identified by more than one era name or nengō.[12]

See also


Japanese Imperial kamon — a stylized chrysanthemum blossom
  1. Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 194–195; Brown, Delmer et al. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 329–330; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. p. 212.
  2. Brown, pp. 264; n.b., up until the time of Emperor Jomei, the personal names of the emperors (their imina) were very long and people did not generally use them. The number of characters in each name diminished after Jomei's reign.
  3. Brown, p. 329; Varley, p. 212.
  4. Titsingh, p. 194.
  5. 1 2 Kitagawa, H. (1975). The Tale of the Heike, p.783.
  6. Titsingh, p. 194; Brown, p. 329; Varley, p. 44; n.b., a distinct act of senso is unrecognized prior to Emperor Tenji; and all sovereigns except Jitō, Yōzei, Go-Toba, and Fushimi have senso and sokui in the same year until the reign of Emperor Go-Murakami.
  7. Brown, p. 328; Kitagawa, p.783.
  8. Brown, p. 330; Varley, p. 44
  9. Titsingh, p. 195; Varley, p. 44.
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 Brown, p. 329.
  11. 1 2 3 Brown, p. 330.
  12. Titsingh, p. 194-195; Brown, p. 328.


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Emperor Nijō
Emperor of Japan:

Succeeded by
Emperor Takakura
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 8/10/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.