- Emperor Ichijō
name = Emperor Ichijō
title =66th Emperor of Japan
reign =The 23rd day of 6th month of
Kanna2 (986) - The 13th day of 6th month of Kankō8 (1011)
coronation =The 22nd day of 7th month of
consort =Fujiwara no "Teishi" Fujiwara no "Shōshi"
royal house =
royal anthem =
mother =Fujiwara no "Senshi"
date of birth = The 1st day of 6th month of Tengen 1 (
July 15, 980)
place of birth =Heian Kyō (Kyōto)
date of death =The 22nd day of 6th month of
Kankō8 ( July 25, 1011)
place of death =Heian Kyō (Kyōto)
place of burial=En'yū-ji no Kita no "Misasagi" (Kyōto)|
Emperor Ichijō (一条天皇 "Ichijō-tennō") (
July 15, 980- July 25, 1011) was the 66th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. He ruled from 986 to 1011. [Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). "Annales des empereurs du japon," pp. 150-154; Brown, Delmer "et al." (1979). "Gukanshō," pp. 302-307; Varley, "Jinnō Shōtōki," pp. 192-195.]
Before he ascended to the
Chrysanthemum Throne, his personal name (his "imina") was Kanehito"-shinnō". [Varley, p. 192; Brown, p. 264. [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.] ]
Kanehito"-shinnō" was the first son of
Emperor En'yūand Fujiwara no Senshi, a daughter of Fujiwara no Kaneie. Since there are no documented siblings, it is supposed that he was an only child.
Ichijō had 5 Empresses or Imperial consorts and 5 Imperial sons and daughters. [Brown, p. 307.]
Consorts and Children
Empress ("Kōgō"): Fujiwara no "Teishi" (藤原定子) (977-1001), 1st daughter of
Fujiwara no Michitaka(藤原道隆)
*Imperial Princess "Shushi" (脩子内親王) (997-1049)
*Imperial Prince Atsuyasu (敦康親王) (999-1019)
*Imperial Princess "Bishi" (1001-1008)
Empress ("Chūgū"): Fujiwara no "Shōshi" (藤原彰子) (988-1074), daughter of
Fujiwara no Michinaga(藤原道長); later "Nyoin" (女院) 'Jōtō-mon In' (上東門院)
*Imperial Prince Atsuhira (敦成親王) (1008-1036) (
*Imperial Prince Atsunaga (敦良親王) (1009-1045) (
Nyōgo: Fujiwara no "Gishi" (藤原義子) (974-1053), daughter of
Fujiwara no Kinsue(藤原公季)
Nyōgo: Fujiwara no "Genshi" (藤原元子) (?-?), daughter of
Fujiwara no Akimitsu(藤原顕光); later, married to Minamoto no Yorisada (源頼定)
Nyōgo: Fujiwara no "Sonshi" (藤原尊子) (984-1022), daughter of
Fujiwara no Michikane(藤原道兼); later, married to Fujiwara no Michitō (藤原通任) in 1015
Court lady ("Mikushige-dono-no-Bettō"): 4th daughter of
Fujiwara no Michitaka(藤原道隆の娘) (?-1002)
Events of Ichijō's life
His reign coincided with the culmination of
Heian periodculture and the apex of the power of the Fujiwara clan.
In 984, he was appointed as
crown princeunder Emperor Kazan. It was rumored contemporarily that his maternal grandfather Kaneie plotted to have Kazan retire from the throne.
Ichijō ascended the throne at the age of seven.
Kanna2", on the 22nd day of the 6th month (986): In the 2nd year of Emperor Kazan's reign (花山天皇2年), he abdicated; and the succession (‘‘senso’’) was received by a cousin, the son of his father's younger brother. [Titsingh, p. 149; Varley, p. 44. [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 Go-Murakami.] ]
* "Kanna 2", on the 23rd day of the 6th month (986): Emperor Ichijō is said to have acceded to the throne (‘‘sokui’’). [Brown, p. 302; Varley, p. 44.]
A son of
Emperor Reizei, who was older than Ichijō, was appointed crown prince. Kaneie became the regent ("Sesshō") and effectively ruled the state. After Kaneie died in 990, his first son and Ichijō's uncle Fujiwara no Michitakawas appointed regent.
Shōryaku2", on the 12th day of the 2nd month (991): The former-Emperor En'yū died at the age of 33.Brown, p. 305.]
Kankō5", on the 8th day of the 2nd month (1008): The former-Emperor Kazan died at the age of 41.Brown, p. 306]
* "Kankō 8", on the 13th day of the 6th month (1011): In the 25th year of Emperor Ichijō's reign (一条天皇25年), the emperor abdicated; and the succession (‘‘senso’’) was received by his cousin. Shortly thereafter, Emperor Sanjō is said to have acceded to the throne (‘‘sokui’’). [Titsingh, p. 154; Brown, p. 307; Varley, p. 44.]
* "Kankō 8", on the 22nd day of the 6th month (1011): Emperor Ichijō died at the age of 32. [see above] ]
Ichijō had two empress consorts. First was Teishi(or Fujiwara no Sadako), a daughter of Fujiwara no Michitaka, second was Shoshi (or Akiko), a daughter of
Fujiwara no Michinaga, a younger brother of Michitaka. Most people thought it impossible to have two empress consorts, but Michinaga claimed that the empress held two separate titles, "Chūgū" and "Kōgō", which were different in principle and could therefore given to two different women.
The courts of both empresses were known as centers of culture.
Sei Shōnagon, author of " The Pillow Book", was a lady in waiting to Teishi. Murasaki Shikibuwas a lady in waiting to Shoshi. There were other famous poets in the courts of the empresses.
Ichijō loved literature and music. For this reason, high ranked courtiers felt the necessity for their daughter to hold cultural salons with many skillful lady poets. Particularly he was fond of the flute. Ichijō was known for his temperate character and beloved by his subjects.
During Ichijō's reign, Imperial visits were first made to the following four shrines: Kasuga, Ōharano, Matsunoo, and Kitano; and in the years which followed, Emperors traditionally made yearly Imperial visits to these shrines and to three others: Kamo, Iwashimizu and Hirano. [Brown, p. 307 n22.]
Ichijō is buried amongst the "Seven Imperial Tombs" at
Ryoan-jiTemple in Kyoto. The mound which commemorates the Emperor Ichijō is today named "Kinugasa-yama." The emperor's burial place would have been quite humble in the period after Ichijo died.
These tombs reached their present state as a result of the 19th century restoration of imperial sepulchers ("misasagi") which were ordered by Emperor Meiji. [Moscher, Gouverneur. (1978). "Kyoto: A Contemplative Guide," pp. 277-278.]
"'Kugyō" (公卿) is a collective term for the very few most powerful men attached to the court of the
Emperor of Japanin 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 have brought them to the pinnacle of a life's career.
During Kazan's reign, this apex of the "
Sesshō, Fujiwara no Kaneie(藤原兼家), 929-990.Brown, p. 302-303.]
Fujiwara no Michitaka(藤原道隆), 953-995.Brown, p. 303.]
Kampaku, Fujiwara no Kaneie. [see above] ]
* Kampaku, Fujiwara no Michikane, 961-995. [see above] ]
Daijō-daijin, Fujiwara no Kaneie. [see above] ]
* Daijō-daijin, Fujiwara no Yoritada (藤原頼忠), 924-989.Brown, p. 304.]
* Daijō-daijin, Fujiwara no Tametisu (藤原為光), 942-992. [see above] ]
Sadaijin, Fujiwara no Michinaga (藤原道長), 966-1027. [see above] ]
Udaijin, Fujiwara no Michikane (藤原道兼). [see above] ]
Naidaijin, Fujiwara no Michitaka. [see above] ]
* Naidaijin, Fujiwara no Korechika (藤原伊周), 973-1010. [see above] ]
* Naidaijin, Kan'in Kinsue (藤原公季), 956-1029. [see above] ]
Eras of Ichijō's reign
The years of Ichijō's reign are more specifically identified by more than one era name or "
nengō". [Titsingh, p. 150.]
* "Chōhō" (999-1004)
* Brown, Delmer M. and Ichirō Ishida, eds. (1979). [
Jien, c. 1220] , " Gukanshō(The Future and the Past, a translation and study of the Gukanshō, an interpretative history of Japan written in 1219)." Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-03460-0
* Titsingh, Isaac, ed. (1834). [Siyun-sai Rin-siyo/
Hayashi Gahō, 1652] , " Nipon o daï itsi ran; ou, Annales des empereurs du Japon, tr. par M. Isaac Titsingh avec l'aide de plusieurs interprètes attachés au comptoir hollandais de Nangasaki; ouvrage re., complété et cor. sur l'original japonais-chinois, accompagné de notes et précédé d'un Aperçu d'histoire mythologique du Japon, par M. J. Klaproth." Paris: Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland. [http://books.google.com/books?id=18oNAAAAIAAJ&dq=nipon+o+dai+itsi+ran ...Click link for digitized, full-text copy of this book (in French)]
* Varley, H. Paul , ed. (1980). [
Kitabatake Chikafusa, 1359] , " Jinnō Shōtōki("A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa" translated by H. Paul Varley)." New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-04940-4
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