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Emperor Shijō
87th Emperor of Japan
Emperor Shijō.jpg
Emperor Shijō, Tenshi Sekkan Miei
Reign 1232–1242
Born 1231
Died 1242[aged 11]
Buried Tsukinawa no Misasagi (Kyoto)
Predecessor Emperor Go-Horikawa
Successor Emperor Go-Saga

Emperor Shijō (四条天皇 Shijō-tennō ?) (March 17, 1231 – February 10, 1242) was the 87th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. This reign spanned the years 1232 through 1242.[1]



Before his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, his personal name (his imina) was Mitsuhito-shinnō (秀仁親王 ?),[2] also known as Tosihito-shinnō.[3]

He was the first son of Emperor Go-Horikawa.[4]

He had no children, due to his youth at the time of his death.

Events of Shijō's life

He reigned from October 26, 1232 to February 10, 1242.

  • 1232 (Jōei 1, 11th month): In the 11th year of Emperor Go-Horikawa's reign (後堀河天皇11年), he abdicated; and the succession (senso) was received by a his oldest son. Shortly thereafter, Emperor Shijō is said to have acceded to the throne (sokui).[5]

Emperor Shijō's died of an accident in 1242. His Imperial tomb (misasagi) is at Sennyū-ji in the Nochi no Tsukinowa no Higashiyama no misasagi ( 後月輪東山陵 ?).[6]

The Emperor being very young, and the Retired Emperor Go-Horikawa dying just two years later, the actual governing was done by his maternal relatives Kujō Michiie and Saionji Kintsune.


Kugyō (公卿) is a collective term for the very few most powerful men attached to the court of the Emperor of Japan in pre-Meiji eras. Even during those years in which the court's actual influence outside the palace walls was minimal, the hierarchic organization persisted.

In general, this elite group included only three to four men at a time. These were hereditary courtiers whose experience and background would have brought them to the pinnacle of a life's career. During Shijō's reign, this apex of the Daijō-kan included:

Eras of Shijō's reign

The years of Shijō's reign are more specifically identified by more than one era name or nengō.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 242-245; Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki. p. 227.
  2. ^ Varley, p. 227.
  3. ^ Titsingh, pp. 241-242.
  4. ^ Titsingh, p. 242; Varley, p. 227.
  5. ^ Titsingh, p. 241-242; Varley, p. 44; n.b., a distinct act of senso is unrecognized prior to Emperor Tenji; and all sovereigns except Jitō, Yōzei, Go-Toba, and Fushimi have senso and sokui in the same year until the reign of Emperor Go-Murakami.
  6. ^ Sennyū-ji: official English web page; images of front of Imperial mausoleum enclosure.
  7. ^ Titsingh, p. 242.


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Emperor Go-Horikawa
Emperor of Japan:

Succeeded by
Emperor Go-Saga


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