Fujiwara no Maro

Fujiwara no Maro (藤原 麻呂, 695 – August 17, 737) was a Japanese statesman, courtier, and politician during the Nara period.[1] Maro established the Kyōke branch of the Fujiwara clan.

Fujiwara no Maro
Died17 August 737
ParentsFujiwara no Fuhito (father)


Maro was a minister (sakyō no dayū) during the reign of Emperor Shōmu.[2]


This member of the Fujiwara clan was the son of Fujiwara no Fuhito.[1] Maro had three brothers: Fusasaki, Muchimaro and Umakai. These four brothers are known for having established the "four houses" of the Fujiwara.[5]

  • Father: Fujiwara no Fuhito (藤原不比等, 659–720)
  • Mother: Ioe-no-iratsume (五百重娘, ?–?), former wife of Emperor Tenmu.
    • Wife: Lady from the Taima clan (当麻氏)
      • Daughter: Fujiwara no Momoyoshi (藤原百能, 720–782)
    • Wife: name unknown, daughter of Inaba no Kimame (稲葉気豆)
    • Children with unknown mother:
      • Son: Fujiwara no Tsunatora (藤原綱執)
      • Son: Fujiwara no Katsuhito (藤原勝人)
    • Possible wife: Ōtomo no Sakanoue-no-iratsume (大伴坂上郎女), daughter of Ōtomo no Yasumaro (大伴安麻呂).


  1. ^ a b Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fujiwara no Umakai" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 205, p. 205, at Google Books; Brinkley, Frank. (1915). A History of the Japanese People from the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era, p. 203., p. 203, at Google Books
  2. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 70, p. 70, at Google Books; see "Fousiwara-no Maro", pre-Hepburn romanization
  3. ^ Titsingh,p. 69, p. 69, at Google Books
  4. ^ Brinkley, p. 190., p. 190, at Google Books
  5. ^ Brinkley, p. 203., p. 203, at Google Books; excerpt, "Muchimaro's home, being in the south (nan) of the capital, was called Nan-ke; Fusazaki's, being in the north (hoku), was termed Hoku-ke; Umakai's was spoken of as Shiki-ke, since he presided over the Department of Ceremonies (shiki), and Maro's went by the name of Kyō-ke, this term also having reference to his office."


  • Brinkley, Frank and Dairoku Kikuchi. (1915). A History of the Japanese People from the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era. New York: Encyclopædia Britannica. OCLC 413099
  • Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
  • Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon (Nihon Odai Ichiran). Paris: Royal Asiatic Society, Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland. OCLC 5850691

External linksEdit

  • 水垣 久. 藤原麻呂 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-09-22.