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Emperor Ingyō

Emperor of Japan
Reign 412 – 453 (traditional)[1]
Predecessor Hanzei
Successor Ankō
Mother Princess Iwa
Born legendary
Died legendary
Burial Ega no Naganu no kita no misasagi (Osaka)

Emperor Ingyō (允恭天皇 Ingyō-tennō) was the 19th emperor of Japan,[2] according to the traditional order of succession.[3]

No firm dates can be assigned to this emperor's life or reign, but he is conventionally considered to have reigned from 410–453.[4]

Legendary narrative

Ingyō is regarded by historians as a "legendary emperor" of the 5th century.[5] The reign of Emperor Kimmei (509?–571 AD), the 29th emperor,[6] is the first for which contemporary historiography is able to assign verifiable dates;[7] however, the conventionally accepted names and dates of the early emperors were not to be confirmed as "traditional" until the reign of Emperor Kammu (737–806), the 50th sovereign of the Yamato dynasty.[8]

According to Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, he was the fourth son of Emperor Nintoku and his consort Iwanohime, and therefore a younger brother of his predecessor Emperor Hanzei. He sat on the throne after Hanzei died and ruled for 41 years.

Ingyō's contemporary title would not have been tennō, as most historians believe this title was not introduced until the reigns of Emperor Tenmu and Empress Jitō. Rather, it was presumably Sumeramikoto or Amenoshita Shiroshimesu Ōkimi (治天下大王), meaning "the great king who rules all under heaven." Alternatively, Ingyō might have been referred to as (ヤマト大王/大君) or the "Great King of Yamato."

His consort was Oshisaka no Ōnakatsu no Hime. They had five sons and four daughters, including Emperor Ankō and Emperor Yūryaku. He reformed the system of family and clan names, because many named themselves false names using higher ranked clan or family names.

Events of Ingyō's reign

The earliest documented earthquake in Japan occurred in 416 when the Imperial Palace at Kyoto was leveled by the severity of the Earth's tremors.[9]

Some scholars identify him with King Sai in the Book of Song. This would have been a king of Japan (referred to as Wa by contemporary Chinese scholars) who is said to have sent messengers to the Song Dynasty at least twice, in 443 and 451.

According to Nihon Shoki, the king of the Korean Silla Kingdom grieved very much when Ingyō died. To comfort the soul of Ingyo, he presented Japan 80 musicians.[10]

The actual site of Ingyō's grave is not known.[2] This emperor is traditionally venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine near Osaka.

The Imperial Household Agency designates this location as Ingyō's mausoleum.[11] It is formally known as Emperor Ingyō's misasagi (恵我長野北陵, Ega no nagano no kita no misasagi), in Fujiidera city near Osaka.[12]

Consorts and children

Empress of Ingyō was Oshisaka no Ōnakatsuhime (忍坂大中姫), daughter of Wakanuke-Futamata no Miko (稚渟毛二派皇子).

His children were:

  • Prince Kinashi no Karu
  • Princess Nagata no Ōiratsume (名形大娘皇女)
  • Prince Sakai no Kurohiko (境黒彦皇子) (?–456)
  • Prince Anaho (穴穂皇子) (Emperor Ankō) (401?–456)
  • Princess Karu no Ōiratsume (軽大娘皇女)
  • Prince Yatsuri no Shirahiko (八釣白彦皇子) (?–456)
  • Prince Ōhatuse no Wakatakeru (大泊瀬稚武皇子) (Emperor Yūryaku) (418–479)
  • Princess Tajima no Tachibana no Ōiratsume (但馬橘大娘皇女)
  • Princess Sakami (酒見皇女)

Princess of Ingyō was Sotoshi no Iratsume, younger sister of Oshisaka no Ōnakatsuhime.

See also


Japanese Imperial kamon — a stylized chrysanthemum blossom
  1. ^ "Genealogy of the Emperors of Japan" at; retrieved 2013-8-28.
  2. ^ a b Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō): 允恭天皇 (19); retrieved 2013-8-28.
  3. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). p. 26Annales des empereurs du japon,;Brown, Delmer M. (1979). pp. 257-268Gukanshō,; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 112.
  4. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 39.
  5. ^ Kelly, Charles F. "Kofun Culture," Japanese Archaeology. 27 April 2009.
  6. ^ Titsingh, pp. 34–36; Brown, pp. 261–262; Varley, pp. 123–124.
  7. ^ Hoye, Timothy. (1999). Japanese Politics: Fixed and Floating Worlds, p. 78; excerpt, "According to legend, the first Japanese emperor was Jimmu. Along with the next 13 emperors, Jimmu is not considered an actual, historical figure. Historically verifiable Emperors of Japan date from the early sixth century with Kimmei.
  8. ^ Aston, William. (1896). Nihongi, pp. 109.
  9. ^ Hammer, Joshua. (2006). p. 62.Yokohama Burning: The Deadly 1923 Earthquake and Fire that Helped Forge the Path to World War II, , p. 62, at Google Books
  10. ^ Nihonshoki, Vol. 13, Story of Ingyō
  11. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 419.
  12. ^ Gowland, William. "The Burial Mounds and Dolmens of the Early Emperors of Japan," The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 37, Jan.-Jun., 1907, pp. 10-46.


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Regnal titles
Preceded by
Emperor Hanzei
Emperor of Japan:

(traditional dates)
Succeeded by
Emperor Ankō
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