Emperor Kimmei facts for kids
|Emperor of Japan|
|Died||571 (aged 61–62)|
|Buried||Hinokuma no saki Ai no misasagi (Nara)|
Emperor Kimmei (欽明天皇 Kimmei-tennō, 509-571), also written as Kinmei, was the 29th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign started in 540 and ended in 571. Historians consider details about the life of Emperor Kimmei to be possibly legendary, but probable. The name Kimmu-tennō was created for him posthumously by later generations.
Kimmei had six wives and 25 Imperial children (16 sons and 9 daughters).
Events of Kimmei's life
- 539: Emperor Senka died from old age in 539, and the succession was received by his younger brother, who would become known as Emperor Kimmei.
- 572: In the 32nd year of Kimmei's reign, he died; and his second son became his successor.
Kimmei established his court at Shikishima no Kanazashi (磯城嶋金刺宮) in Yamato.
Kimmei's reign was marked by the introduction of Buddhism in Japan. The King of Kudara in Korea sent the emperor gifts of Buddhist scripture and a statue of the Buddha.
In this reign, the emperor's chief ministers were:
- Soga no Iname, also known as Soga no Iname no Sukune. The Soga clan were supporters of Buddhism.
- Mononobe no Okoshi, also known as Monotobe Okoshi no Muraji. The Mononobe clan opposed the introduction of Buddhism.
- Nakatomi no Kanamura, also known as Ōtomo Kanamura Maro. The Nakatomi clan opposed the introduction of Buddhism.
After his death
According to the Imperial Household Agency, the emperor's final resting place is in an earthen tumulus (kofun). Kimmei is venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) which is associated with the burial mound.
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