Emperor Keitai was the 26th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional (Meiji period) order of succession.
He was originally from the Echizen region, and became ôkimi (king/emperor) when the Yamato line ran out of heirs at the beginning of the 6th century. Evidence has been found of his journey to Yamato from Echizen, through a number of other provinces; he is said to have had a number of consorts over the course of his journey, and to have gathered those consorts together in Yamato, after he became ôkimi. Those consorts included Abe no Hae-hime, daughter of Kawachi Wani no Omi; Keitai and Hae-hime had a son, Azu no Miko.
- Amino Yoshihiko, Alan Christy (trans.), Rethinking Japanese History, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan (2012), 44-45.