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Encyclopedia > Emperor Keitai

Keitai (継体天皇 Keitai Tennō), or rather Keitai okimi was the 26th Japanese imperial ruler, according to the traditional order of succession. He is believed to have ruled central parts of the country during the early 6th century CE, and it is believed that the rule was somewhat centralized already at that time. His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito of Japan The Emperor of Japan (天皇, tennō) is Japans titular head of state and the head of the Japanese imperial family. ... This Buddhist stela from China, Northern Wei period, was built in the early 6th century. ...

Records on his life

His record is confusing as there are differences of his life according to Kojiki and Nihon Shoki. Kojiki or Furukotofumi (古事記) is the oldest surviving historical book dealing with the ancient history of Japan. ... Nihonshoki (日本書紀) is the second oldest history book about the ancient history of Japan. ...

Kojiki puts his birth year at 485 and to have died on April 9, 527.[1] It writes that he was called Ōdo no Mikoto (袁本杼命). Events Peter the Fuller is excommunicated by a synod in Rome. ... This article is about the year. ...

On the other hand, Nihon Shoki put his birth year at 450 and to have died on February 7, 531 or 534.[1] It writes that he was called Ōdo no Kimi (男大迹王) and Hikofuto no Mikoto (彦太尊). Events August 25 - Marcian proclaimed Eastern Roman Emperor by Aspar and Pulcheria. ... Events End of the reign of Northern Wei Chang Guang Wang, ruler of the Chinese Northern Wei Dynasty. ... Events January 1 - Decimus Theodorius Paulinus appointed consul, the last to hold this office in the West. ...

Also the version Wo Ofu Ato-no-Hiko Fudo no Mikoto has been present.

He is recorded to have originally been King of Koshi Kingdom, a smaller tribal entity, apparently in northern parts of central Japan, perhaps as far as in coast of Sea of Japan. The Sea of Japan (East Sea) is a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean. ...

As Japan was not in existence yet in those days, and as even the entity known as Yamato state (if existed yet properly) was containing just a part of the country, most probably only areas in today central Japan, the position of emperor is anachronistic to assign to those days. Some modern reference works of history call Keitai just as King Ohoto of Koshi.

Life and genealogy

He is said to have been not the son of the immediate previous monarch, but the great-great-great-grandson of Ōjin of Yamato (king Hondawake). According to legendary record, he ascended to the throne when Buretsu, monarch of Yamato died childless and had not appointed a successor; some historians doubt this genealogy and suppose a change of dynasties..[citation needed] Emperor ÅŒjin (応神天皇 ÅŒjin Tennō) was the 15th imperial ruler of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. ... Emperor Buretsu (武烈天皇 Buretsu Tennō) (c. ...

His detailed genealogy is recorded in Shaku Nihongi as a quote from Jōgūki (the history of Prince Shōtoku). It says he was a son of Ushi no Kimi, a grandson of Ohi no Kimi, a great-grandson of Ohohoto no Kimi(brother to Emperor Ingyo's consort), a great-great-grandson of Wakanuke Futamata no Kimi, and a great-great-great-grandson of Emperor Ojin. Sculpture of Prince Shotoku in Asuka Dera, Asuka, Nara Prince Shōtoku (聖徳太子 574-622) was a regent and a politician of the Imperial Court in Japan. ... Emperor Ingyō (允恭天皇 Ingyō Tennō) was the 19th imperial ruler of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. ...

According to Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, his father was Hikonushi no Kimi and his mother was Furihime. He was born in Echizen province. When Buretsu died, Kanamura recommended Keitai at his age of 58 as a possible heir to the Yamato throne. Keitai declared his ascension in Kusuba, in the northern part of Kawachi Province (present day Shijonawate, Osaka) and married a younger sister of Buretsu, Princess Tashiraga. It is supposed that his succession was not welcomed by everyone, and it took about 20 years for Keitai to enter Yamato province, near Kawachi and the political center of Japan at the time. Echizen (越前国; -no kuni) was an old province of Japan, which is today the northern part of Fukui prefecture. ... Kawachi (河内国; -no kuni) was a province of Japan, which today composes the south-eastern part of Osaka Prefecture. ... Yamato (大和) was a province of Japan. ...

In Keitai's later years, 527 or 528, a rebellion led by Iwai occurred in Tsukushi province, Kyūshū. Keitai assigned Mononobe no Arakahi as Shogun and sent him to Kyūshū to put down the rebellion. This article is about the year. ... Events February 13 - Justinian appoints a commission (including the jurist Tribonian) to codify all imperial laws that were still in force from Hadrian to the current date. ... Kyushu region, Japan Kyushu (九州) is the third largest island of Japan and most southerly and westerly of the four main islands. ...

Among his sons, Emperor Ankan, Emperor Senka and Emperor Kimmei ascended to the throne. Emperor Ankan (安閑天皇 Ankan Tennō) was the 27th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. ... Emperor Senka (宜化天皇 Senka Tennō) was the 28th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. ... Emperor Kimmei (欽明天皇 Kinmei Tennō) (509-571) was the 29th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession, and the first to whom contemporary historiography assigns clear dates. ...


  1. ^ a b Japanese dates correspond to the traditional lunisolar calendar used in Japan until 1873.
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Japanese monarch
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Succeeded by:
Emperor Ankan



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