Emperor Yozei

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  • Reign: 876-884
  • Other Names: Prince Sadaakira
  • Japanese: 陽成天皇 (Youzei tennou)

Emperor Yôzei succeeded his father Emperor Seiwa in 876, at the age of nine, upon Seiwa's retirement. Yôzei's maternal grandfather was Fujiwara no Nagara, but his uncle Fujiwara no Mototsune served as sesshô (regent) for him.

Yôzei abdicated in favor of a distant relative in 884, who then took the throne as Emperor Kôkô.

Preceded by
Emperor Seiwa
Emperor of Japan
Succeeded by
Emperor Kôkô


  • Joan Piggott, ed. Capital and Countryside in Japan, 300-1180, University of Cornell, NY, 2006.
  • Evelyn Rawski, Early Modern China and Northeast Asia: Cross-Border Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (2015), 155.