Emperor Saga facts for kids
|Emperor of Japan|
|Born||8 February 785|
|Died||24 August 842 (age 57)|
|Buried||Saga no yamanoe no misasagi (Kyoto)|
He had nine Empresses and consorts; and 47 Imperial sons and daughters.
Saga was known as a good calligrapher. He sponsored the first imperial poetry competitions (naien). According to legend, he was the first Japanese emperor to drink tea.
Events of Saga's life
Before he became the monarch, he was Crown Prince for three years.
- 17 June 809 (Daidō 4, 1st day of the 4th month): In the 4th year of Emperor Heizei's reign, he was very sick and he abdicated. The succession (senso) was received by his younger brother Then the new emperor is said to have acceded to the throne (sokui). This was confirmed in ceremonies.
- 24 August 842 (Jōwa 9, 15th day of the 7th month): Saga died at the age of 57.
After his death
Eras of reign
The years of Kammu's reign are identified by more than one era name (nengō).
In ancient Japan, there were four noble clans, the Gempeitōkitsu (源平藤橘). One of these clans, the Minamoto clan are also known as Genji (源氏). The Saga Genji (嵯峨源氏) are said to be descended from Emperor Saga.
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