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1879: Birth of the Japanese Emperor Yoshihito – Hirohito’s Father

1879: Birth of the Japanese Emperor Yoshihito – Hirohito’s Father
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/Crown Prince Tōgu with his father and mother strolling in Asukayama Park accompanied by ladies of the court. Colour woodblock print by Yōshū Chikanobu, 1890

Story Highlights

  • Historical event
  • 31 August 1879
  • Royal Concubine Yanagihara Naruko was Yoshihito’s mother (not Empress Haruko). Yoshihito became known as the last Japanese emperor whose mother was a concubine.

On this day in 1879, Yoshihito, the Japanese emperor who reigned from 1912 to 1926, was born.

He was known as the 123rd Emperor of Japan. It is interesting to note that Yoshihito became known as the last Japanese emperor whose mother was a concubine.

His mother was Yanagihara Naruko, not Empress Haruko (she didn’t have children).

Yoshihito had serious health problems during his life. When he was a boy, he caught meningitis, which probably damaged his nervous system.

His condition deteriorated over time, so he couldn’t perform his official imperial duties and participate in the ceremonies.

His eldest son Hirohito inherited his position in 1921. He became the new emperor in 1926 (when Yoshihito died). Yoshihito died at the age of 47 (and Hirohito at the age of 88).

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