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Emperor Kokaku

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  • Death: 1840
  • Reign: 1779-1817
  • Japanese: 光格天皇 (koukaku tennou)

Emperor Kôkaku reigned from 1779 to 1817, succeeding Emperor Go-Momozono and being succeeded in turn by his son, Emperor Ninkô.

After Emperor Go-Momozono died without any sons, Kôkaku, a member of a collateral line of the imperial family, married Go-Momozono's only daughter, Princess Yoshiko, in conjunction with taking the throne.

Kôkaku arranged to have the term tennô ("Heavenly King", or "Emperor") employed to refer to him posthumously. This marked the revival of an ancient tradition, making himself the first emperor in roughly six hundred years to be officially called tennô.[1]

He abdicated in favor of one of his sons in 1817, who then took the throne as Emperor Ninkô.

Preceded by
Emperor Go-Momozono
Emperor of Japan
1779-1817
Succeeded by
Emperor Ninkô

References

  • Evelyn Rawski, Early Modern China and Northeast Asia: Cross-Border Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (2015), 157.
  1. Luke Roberts, "Cultivating Non-National Historical Understandings in Local History," Joshua Fogel (ed.) The Teleology of the Nation-State, Univ of Pennsylvania Press (2004), 169.
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