Fujiwara no Tokihira

Fujiwara no Tokihira (藤原 時平, 871 – April 26, 909) was a Japanese statesman, courtier and politician during the Heian period.[1]

Fujiwara no Tokihira
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ParentsFujiwara no Mototsune (father)


Tokihira was a minister under Emperor Daigo.[1]

  • 891 (Kanpyō 3, 3rd month): Tokihira was given a rank which was the equivalent of sangi.[2]
  • 897 (Kanpyō 9, 6th month): Tokihira was made Dainagon with a rank equal to that of a General of the Left.[3]
  • 899 (Shōtai 2): Tokihira was named Sadaijin[4]
  • 900 (Shōtai 3): Tokihira accused Sugawara no Michizane of plotting against the emperor.[5] This led to Michizane's exile to the Dazaifu in Kyūshū.[6]
  • 909 (Engi 9, 4th month): Tokihira died at age 39. He was honored with posthumous rank and titles.[7]


This member of the Fujiwara clan was the son of Fujiwara no Mototsune.[1] Tokihira had two brothers: Fujiwara no Tadahira and Fujiwara no Nakahira.[8]

Selected worksEdit

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Fujiwara no Tokihira, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 35 works in 69 publications in 1 language and 122 library holdings.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fujiwara no Tokihira" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 210, p. 210, at Google Books; Brinkley, Frank et al. (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. 127., p. 127, at Google Books; see "Fousiwara-no Toki fira", pre-Hepburn romanization
  3. ^ Titsingh, p. 129., p. 129, at Google Books
  4. ^ Titsingh, p. 130., p. 130, at Google Books.
  5. ^ Brinkley, p. 244., p. 244, at Google Books; excerpt, "...three principal contrivers of Michizane's disgrace [were] Fujiwara Tokihira, Fujiwara Sugane, and Minamoto Hikaru ...."
  6. ^ Brinkley, p. 249., p. 249, at Google Books; excerpt, "From one point of view, Michizane's overthrow by Fujiwara Tokihira may be regarded as a collision between the Confucian doctrines which informed the polity of the Taika epoch and the power of aristocratic heredity."
  7. ^ Titsingh, p. 132., p. 132, at Google Books.
  8. ^ Brinkley, p. 241., p. 241, at Google Books
  9. ^ WorldCat Identities Archived December 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine: 藤原時平 871-909


  • 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). Nihon Odai Ichiran; ou, Annales des empereurs du Japon. Paris: Royal Asiatic Society, Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland. OCLC 5850691