Emperor Yōzei facts for kids
|Emperor of Japan|
|Birthplace||Somedono In, Heian Kyō (Kyōto)|
|Place of death||Heian Kyō (Kyōto)|
|Buried||Kaguragaoka no Higashi no misasagi (Kyōto)|
|Mother||Fujiwara no Takaiko|
Before he became the monarch, his personal name (imina) was Prince Sadaakira (貞明親王 Sadaakira-shinnō).
Yōzei was the oldest son of Emperor Seiwa. His mother was the Fujiwara no Takakiko. She was the sister of Fujiwara no Mototsune.
Events of Yōzei's life
Yōzei was made emperor when he was a young boy.
- 869 (Jōgan 10): Prince Sadaakira was born.
- 18 December 876 : In the 18th year of Emperor Seiwa's reign, he abdicated. Prince Sadaakira received the succession (senso).
- 20 January 877 (Gangyō 1, 3rd day of the 1st month): Yōzei was formally established as emperor (sokui). This was confirmed in ceremonies.
- 883 (Gangyō 7): Yōzei showed signs of mental illness and violent incidents which could not be ignored. For example, he killed people randomly in the court.
- 4 March 884 (Gangyō 8, 4th day of the 2nd month): Fujiwara no Mototsune removed Yōzei from the palace; and Yōzei was deposed as emperor.
Yōzei was succeeded by his father's uncle, who became known as Emperor Koko. During the reign of Kōkō's son, Emperor Uda, the former emperor became dangerous again.
- 889 (Kanpyō 1, 10th month): Former- Emperor Yōzei again began killing people randomly. Sometimes he disappeared into the mountains where he chased wild boars and Sika Deer,
Yōzei lived in retirement until the age of 81.
After his death
Eras of Yōzei's reign
The years of Yōzei's reign are more identified by more than one Japanese era.
In ancient Japan, there were four noble clans, the Gempeitōkitsu (源平藤橘). One of these clans, the Minamoto clan (源氏) are also known as Genji, and of these, the Yōzei Genji (陽成源氏) are descended from the 57th emperor Yōzei.
Yōzei fathered nine sons who were born after his abdication.
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