Emperor Komei

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  • Born: 1831
  • Died: 1867
  • Reign: 1846-1867
  • Other Names: 統仁 (Osahito)
  • Japanese: 孝明天皇 (koumei tennou)

Emperor Kômei was Emperor of Japan during the Bakumatsu period. He was preceded by his father Emperor Ninkô and succeeded by his son, Emperor Meiji.

Kômei was the emperor's posthumous name; his personal name during life was Osahito. He was the son of Emperor Ninkô and Ôgimachi Naoko, an imperial concubine. His wife was Kujô Asako, who later became known as Empress Dowager Eishô.

The major events of his reign were the major events of the Bakumatsu, including the arrival of Commodore Perry in 1853, the signing of the Convention of Kanagawa the following year, the signing of the Harris Treaty in 1858, and the various other incidents and conflicts that led up to the Meiji Restoration.

Kômei died of smallpox in 1867, and was succeeded by his son, who took the throne as Emperor Meiji.[1]

Preceded by
Emperor Ninkô
Emperor of Japan
Succeeded by
Emperor Meiji


  • "Chronology of the Japanese Emperors since the Mid-Nineteenth Century." in Handbook of Oriental Studies. Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2008. p335.
  1. Evelyn Rawski, Early Modern China and Northeast Asia: Cross-Border Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (2015), 157.