Prince Toneri

Prince Toneri (舎人親王, Toneri shinnō) (January 28, 676 – December 6, 735) was a Japanese imperial prince in the Nara period. He was a son of Emperor Tenmu. He was given the posthumous name, Emperor Sudoujinkei (崇道尽敬皇帝, Sudōjinkei Kōtei), as the father of Emperor Junnin. In the beginning of the Nara period, he gained political power as a leader of the Imperial family together with Prince Nagaya. He supervised the compilation of the Nihon Shoki.

Prince Toneri
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Prince Toneri, from a book illustration by Kikuchi Yōsai
Born28 January 676
Died6 December 735(735-12-06) (aged 59)
IssuePrince Moribe
Prince Mihara
Prince Fune
Prince Ikeda
Prince Mishima
Emperor Junnin
Prince Miura
Posthumous name
Emperor Sudoujinkei (崇道尽敬皇帝)
FatherEmperor Tenmu
MotherPrincess Niitabe


Prince Toneri was a son of Emperor Tenmu. Toneri's mother was Princess Nītabe, who was a daughter of Emperor Tenji.

His consort was Taima-no-Yamashiro (or Tagima-no-Yamashiro) and he had many sons: Princes Mihara, Mishima, Fune (or Funa), Ikeda, Moribe, Miura and Ōi (later Emperor Junnin).

Although he was plagued, he survived and lived longest among the sons of Emperor Tenmu.

Some of his descendants (known as the Kiyohara clan) took the Kiyohara surname. Examples include Kiyohara no Natsuno, who was the grandson of Prince Mihara, Kiyohara no Fukayabu, Kiyohara no Motosuke and his daughter, Sei Shōnagon.

In popular cultureEdit

The character Toneri Otsutsuki in The Last: Naruto the Movie is named after Prince Toneri.




  1. ^ "Genealogy". Reichsarchiv (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 January 2018.