Cao Wei

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The Kingdom of Wei, or Cao Wei, was one of the three most prominent states in China during China's Three Kingdoms Period. It is of particular significance to Japanese history as the official dynastic History of Wei (C: Wei zhi) contains some of the earliest written descriptions of the land and people of Wa (i.e., Japan), and is among the chief sources mentioning & describing the legendary shamaness/queen Himiko.

The kingdom was founded by Cao Pi, the son of warlord Cao Cao.[1]


  • David Lu, Japan: A Documentary History, 11.
  1. Conrad Schirokauer, et al, A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilizations, Fourth Edition, Cengage Learning (2012), 73.