Fujiwara no Otsugu

Fujiwara no Otsugu (藤原 緒嗣, 773 – August 22, 843) was a Japanese statesman, courtier, politician and editor during the Heian period.[1] He is credited as one of the collaborative compilers of the Nihon Kōki.[2]

Fujiwara no Otsugu
Fujiwara no Otsugu.jpg
Illustration by Kikuchi Yōsai, from Zenken Kojitsu
DiedAugust 22, 843
FamilyFujiwara Shikike
FatherFujiwara no Momokawa

Career at courtEdit

He was a minister during the reigns of Emperor Saga, Emperor Junna and Emperor Ninmyō.[1]

  • 788 (Enryaku 7, 2nd month): He received his first court rank.[3]
  • 825 (Tenchō 2): From the rank of Dainagon, Otsugu was raised to the position of Udaijin (Minister of the Right).[4]
  • 832 (Tenchō 9): Otsugu was named Sadaijin (Minister of the Left).[1]
  • 837 (Jōwa 3): Otsugu asked to resign due to the poor state of the imperial treasury, which he blamed on an excess of officials and overly lavish dining, and an insufficient knowledge of Yin and yang.[5][6]
  • 843 (Jōwa 10): Work was completed on the multi-volume Nihon Kōki; and Otsugu was a significant contributor.[2]


Otsugu's father was Fujiwara no Momokawa.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fujiwara no Otsugu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 208, p. 208, at Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Nussbaum, "Nihon Kōki" in p. 709, p. 709, at Google Books.
  3. ^ a b Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 88., p. 88, at Google Books
  4. ^ Titsingh, p. 104., p. 104, at Google Books
  5. ^ Rabinovitch, Judith; Bradstock, Timothy, eds. (2019). No Moonlight in My Cup. Brill. p. 41. ISBN 978-90-04-38721-8. Retrieved 9 May 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Sansom, George (1958). A History of Japan to 1334. Stanford University Press. p. 127. ISBN 978-0804705233.