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Emperor Tsuchimikado

Emperor of japan
The basics
AKA 土御門天皇, Tsuchimikado-tennō, Emperor Tsuchimikado
Date of birth
Date of death Nov 13, 1231
Brother(s): Dōkaku-hosshinnō Yorihito-shinnō Dōjo-nyūdōshinnō Masanari-shinnō Juntoku
Sister(s): Hiroko-naishinnō Reishi-naishinnō Shukushi-naishinnō Shōshi-naishinnō
Mother: Minamoto no Ariko
Spouse: Fujiwara no Reishi Minamoto no Tsūshi
Children: Emperor Go-Saga Sonjo-hosshinnō Gishi-naishinnō Ninjo-hosshinnō
Father: Emperor Go-Toba
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The details

Emperor Tsuchimikado (土御門天皇, Tsuchimikado-tennō, January 3, 1194 – November 6, 1231) was the 83rd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.

Tsuchimikado's reign spanned the years from 1198 through 1210.


Before Tsuchimikado's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, his personal name (imina) was Tamehito-shinnō (為仁親王). He was the firstborn son of Emperor Go-Toba. His mother was Ariko (在子) (1171–1257), daughter of Minamoto no Michichika (源通親).

Tsuchimikado's Imperial family lived with him in the Dairi of the Heian Palace. His family included three sons by three different consorts:

  • Empress (Chūgū): Fujiwara no Reishi, titled Ōinomikado (Fujiwara) no Reiko (大炊御門(藤原)麗子) later Onmeimon’in (陰明門院)
  • Lady-in-waiting: Tsuchimikado (Minamoto) no Michiko (土御門(源)通子; d.1221), Minamoto Michimumen’s daughter
    • First daughter: Princess Haruko (春子女王; 1210-1230)
    • Second daughter: Imperial Princess Akiko (覚子内親王; 1213-1285)
    • Third son: Imperial Prince Priest Ninjo (仁助法親王; 1215-1262)
    • Fourth son: Imperial Prince Priest Jojin (静仁法親王; 1216-1296)
    • Sixth son: Prince Kunihito (邦仁王), later Emperor Go-Saga
  • Court Lady: Mimasaka-Naishi (美作掌侍), Takashina Nakasuke’s daughter
    • Daughter
    • Son: Imperial Prince Priest Donin (道仁法親王; 1209-1263)
  • Court Lady: Minamoto Sadamitsu’s daughter
    • Fifth daughter: Princess Hideko (秀子女王)
  • Court Lady: Owari-no-Tsubone (尾張局), Priest’s daughter
    • Son: Imperial Prince Priest Sonsyu (尊守法親王; 1210-1260)
  • Court Lady: (Minamoto), Priest’s daughter
    • Son: Imperial Prince Priest Sonjo (尊助法親王; 1217-1290)
  • Court Lady: Jibukyo-no-tsubone (治部卿局), Priest’s Daughter
    • Son: Imperial Prince Priest Dōen (道円法親王; 1210-1240)
    • Daughter: Princess Nobuko (信子女王)
  • Court Lady: Omiya-no-Tsubone (大宮局), Minamoto Arimasa’s daughter
  • Court Lady: (Fujiwara), Priest’s Daughter
    • Son: Imperial Prince Priest Sainin (最仁法親王; 1227-1295)
  • Court Lady: Kunaikyō-no-tsubone (宮内卿局), Fujiwara Norimitsu’s daughter
    • Daughter: Princess Tomoko (知子女王)
  • Court Lady: (Fujiwara), Priest’s Daughter
    • Son: Zojin
  • Court Lady: Sakyōdaibu-no-Tsubone, Priest’s Daughter
    • Daughter: Imperial Princess Junko (諄子内親王; d.1260)
  • Court Lady: Tanba-no-Tsubone, Priest’s Daughter
    • Daughter: Princess Koreko (是子女王)
  • Mother Unknown:
    • daughter, adopted by Prince Hokuroku
    • son became priest
    • son became priest

Events of Tsuchimikado's life

In 1198, he became emperor upon the abdication of Emperor Go-Toba, who continued to exercise Imperial powers as cloistered emperor.

  • 1198 (Kenkyū 9, 11th day of the 1st month): In the 15th year of Go-Toba-tennō 's reign (後鳥羽天皇十五年), the emperor abdicated; and the succession (senso) was received by his eldest son.
  • 1198 (Kenkyū 9, 3rd month): Emperor Tsuchimikado is said to have acceded to the throne (sokui).
  • 1199: Shortly after Tsuchimikado's reign began, Minamoto no Yoritomo died.
  • 1203: Yoritomo's successor as head of the Kamakura shogunate, Minamoto no Yoriie, was assassinated;and former emperor Go-Toba was responsible for good relations with the shogunate when it was headed by Minamoto no Sanetomo from 1203 through 1219.
  • 1210: Go-Toba persuaded him Tsuchimikado to abdicate in favor of his younger brother, who would become known as Emperor Juntoku.

In Kyōto, Minamoto no Michichika took power as steward, and in Kamakura, in 1199, upon the death of Minamoto no Yoritomo, Hōjō Tokimasa began to rule as Gokenin.

Tsuchimikado removed himself from Kyoto, traveling first to Tosa Province (now known as Kōchi Prefecture); and later, he moved to Awa province (now known as Tokushima Prefecture), where he died in exile.

  • 1231: The former emperor died at age 37.

Tsuchimikado's official Imperial tomb is in Kyoto. The emperor is venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi). This mausoleum shrine is formally named Kanegahara no misasagi.


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.

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 Tsuchimikado's reign, this apex of the Daijō-kan included:

  • Sesshō, Konoe Motomichi, 1160–1233.
  • Sesshō, Kujō Yoshitsune, 1169–1206.
  • Daijō-daijin, Kujō Yoshitsune.
  • Sadaijin
  • Udaijin
  • Naidaijin
  • Dainagon

Eras of Tsuchimikado's reign

The years of Tschuimikado's reign are more specifically identified by more than one era name or nengō.

  • Kenkyū (1190–1199)
  • Shōji (1199–1201)
  • Kennin (1201–1204)
  • Genkyū (1204–1206)
  • Ken'ei (1206–1207)
  • Jōgen (1207–1211)
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