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The Shoku Nihongi(続日本紀)is an imperially commissioned history of Japan written in the early Heian period. It is the second of the Rikkokushi (六国史) or "six histories of the nation", coming directly after the Nihon Shoki (日本書紀). It is one of the most important primary historical sources for information about Japan's Nara period. The following text needs to be harmonized with text in the article History of Japan#Heian Period. ... The Rikkokushi ) are Japans six national histories chronicling the seventh and eighth centuries. ... Nihonshoki (日本書紀) is the second oldest history book about the ancient history of Japan. ... The Nara period ) of the history of Japan covers the years from about AD 710 to 784. ...

The work covers the 95-year period from the beginning of Emperor Mommu's reign in 697 CE until the 10th year of Emperor Kammu's reign in 791 CE. It was completed in 797 CE. Emperor Mommu (文武天皇 Mommu Tennō) (683-707) was the 42nd imperial ruler of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. ... Events End of the reign of Empress Jito of Japan Emperor Mommu ascends to the throne of Japan Approximate date of the Council of Birr, when the northern part of Ireland accepted the Roman calculations for celebrating Easter. ... Emperor Kanmu Emperor Kanmu ) (737–806) was the 50th imperial ruler of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. ... Events The Avars invade Europe again, but are defeated by Charlemagne in 796. ... Events July 17 - Irene orders her son, the Byzantine emperor Constantine VI captured and deposed August 15 - Irenes orders are accomplished; her son is blinded, and herself declared emperor the next day. ...

In total, the Shoku Nihongi is forty volumes long. It is entirely written in kanbun, a Japanese form of classical Chinese, as was normal for formal Japanese texts at the time. Example of Kaeriten Kanbun (漢文, literally Han writing) is Chinese written for a Japanese audience. ...


  • Rikkokushi (『六国史』), by Tarō Sakamoto (坂本太郎) (Yoshikawa Kobunkan (吉川弘文館), 1970, republished 1994)


External links

  • Text of the 'Rikkokushi' (in Japanese)

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However, Shoku Nihongi also contains a much larger number of edicts recorded in the Chinese of the text of the chronicle, which are called choku 勅and shō 詔 (both glossed as “mikotonori” by Norinaga).
In his Shoku Nihongi (1993) he analyzed two early senmyō, paying special attention to the performative context, the setting of the edict in the imperial palace at Fujiwarakyō, where the emperor in the Daigokuden  大極殿, facing south, addressed the ranks of nobility and officials drawn up in order of their importance.
In practice the Shoku Nihongi edicts are all introduced as either shō or choku, but there is no distinction in the Kujikiryō  for edicts which are to be “oral”, as it is assumed the senmyō were, or written.
Massive Influx of the Paekche People into the Yamato Region (1579 words)
Nihongi records the construction of a reservoir in 396, the seventh year of Oujin¡¯s reign, by a group of people from the Korean peninsula.
According to Nihongi, Kung-wol, the progenitor of the Hata clan, arrived at Yamato in 403 (the fourteenth year of Oujin) from ¡°Paekche,¡± leading the people of 120 provinces, and in 409 (twentieth year of Oujin), Achi, the progenitor of the Yamato Aya clan, also arrived with the people of 17 provinces.
Nihongi (N1: 345-6) records that King Kaero gave Konji one of his consorts who was pregnant, instructing him to send back the baby if she should be delivered on the journey.
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