Prince Yamashiro

Prince Yamashiro (山背大兄王, Yamashiro no Ōe no Ō, died 643) was the eldest son of one of the most famous figures in Japanese history, Prince Shōtoku. Yamashiro claimed the right to Imperial succession in 628, following the death of Empress Suiko. However, he lost the claim to Prince Tamura who ascended to the throne as Emperor Jomei, having enjoyed the support of powerful court noble Soga no Emishi.[2]

Yamashiro (right) with his father Prince Shotoku (center) and uncle Eguri (left).[1]

He and his family committed suicide when their home was attacked by Emishi's son, Soga no Iruka, in 643. Some scholars believe Yamashiro to have been the poet-scholar Sarumaru no Taifu, about whom nearly nothing is known.


  1. ^ Binyon, Laurence (2006). Painting in the Far East: An Introduction to the History of Pictorial Art in Asia, Especially China and Japan. p. 85. ISBN 0-543-94830-7. The author of this portrait is unknown; it is generally held to be the work of Korean artist, but is quite probably the work of native hand.
  2. ^ Frederic, Louis (2002). "Japan Encyclopedia." Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.