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Nijō, Tenshi Sekkan Miei
|Emperor of Japan|
|Reign||September 5, 1158 – August 3, 1165|
|Coronation||January 11, 1159|
|Born||July 31, 1143|
|Died||September 5, 1165(1165-09-05) (aged 22)|
Kōryū-ji no Misasagi (Kyoto)
Emperor Nijō (二条天皇 Nijō-tennō) (July 31, 1143 – September 5, 1165) was the 78th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1158 through 1165.
- Tai-Kōtaigō: Fujiwara Masuko (藤原多子) Later Grand Empress Dowager Omiya, Tokudaiji Kin'yoshi's daughter.
- Toku-no-Kimi (督の君), Minamoto Tadafusa’s daughter also Fujiwara no Narichika’s Wife
- Kasuga-dono (春日殿), Nakahara Moromoto’s daughter
- First Daughter: Imperial Princess Yoshiko (僐子内親王; 1159-1171)
- Umeryo-kimi (右馬助), Minamoto Mitsunari’s daughter
- First Son: Imperial Prince Priest Son'e (尊恵法親王; 1164-1192)
- Ōkura-daisuke (大蔵大輔)
- Second Son: Imperial Prince Nobuhito (順仁親王) become Emperor Rokujo
- Minamoto Tadafusa’s daughter
- Third Son: Shine (真恵)
Events of Nijō's life
Nijō was proclaimed as heir to Emperor Go-Shirakawa.
- Hōgen 1, 2nd day of the 7th month (1156): Cloistered Emperor Toba-in died at age 54.
- Hōgen 1, 10th–29th days of the 7th month (1156): The Hōgen Rebellion, also known as the Hōgen Insurrection or the Hōgen War.
- Hōgen 4, on the 11th day of the 8th month (1158): In the third year of Go-Shirakawa-tennō's reign (後白河天皇二十五年), the emperor abdicated; and the succession (‘‘senso’’) was received by his eldest son. Shortly thereafter, Emperor Nijō is said to have acceded to the throne (‘‘sokui’’).
After Nijō was formally enthroned, the management of all affairs continued to rest entirely in the hands of the retired emperor, Go-Shirakawa.
- Heiji 1, 9th–26th day of the 12th month (1159): The Heiji Rebellion, also known as the Heiji Insurrection or the Heiji War.
- Chōkan 2, on the 26th day of the 8th month (1164):The former-Emperor Sutoku died at the age of 46.
- Eiman 1 (1165): The infant son of Emperor Nijō was named heir apparent and therefore Crown Prince, and would soon after become Emperor Rokujō.
- Eiman 1, on the 25th day of the 6th month (1165): In the seventh year of Nijō-tennō's reign (桓武天皇七年), the emperor fell so very ill that he abdicated; and the succession (‘‘senso’’) was received by his son. Shortly thereafter, Emperor Rokujō is said to have acceded to the throne (‘‘sokui’’).
- Eiman 1, 27th–28th day of the 7th month (1165): The former Emperor Nijō died at age 22.
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 Nijō's reign, this apex of the Daijō-kan included:
Eras of Nijō's reign
- Hōgen (1156–1159)
- Heiji (1159–1160)
- Eiryaku (1160–1161)
- Ōhō (1161–1163)
- Chōkan (1163–1165)
- Eiman (1165–1166)
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