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