Emperor Go-Murakami

emperor of Japan

Emperor Go-Murakami (後村上天皇, Go-Murakami-tennō) (1328 – 29 March 1368) was the 97th emperor of Japan,[1] according to the traditional order of succession.[2] His reign started in September 1339 and ended on 29 March 1368..[3]

Emperor of Japan
Died29 March 1368 (aged 40)
Hinoo no Misasagi (Osaka)

This 14th century sovereign was named after the 10th century Emperor Murakami and go- (後), translates literally as "later"; and thus, he is sometimes called the "Later Emperor Murakami". The Japanese word "go" has also been translated to mean the "second one"; and in some older sources, this emperor may be identified as "Murakami, the second", or as "Murakami II".

Traditional narrative


His personal name was Noriyoshi (義良), also known as Yoshiyoshi.[4]

He reigned from Sumiyoshi, Ōsaka, Yoshino, Nara, and other temporary locations.

Events of Go-Murakami's life


Prince Noriyoshi was a member of the Southern Court during the Nanboku-chō period of rival courts.[5]

  • 18 September 1339 (Engen 3, 5th day of the 8th month): In the 21st year of Go-Daigo's reign, the emperor abdicated at Yoshino in favor of his son, Prince Noriyoshi.[6] The succession (senso) was received by Noriyoshi.[7]
  • 19 September 1339 (Engen 3, 6th day of the 8th month): Go-Daigo died;[8]
  • 29 March 1368 (Shōhei 23, 11th day of the 3rd month): Go-Murakami died.[9]
Memorial Shinto shrine and mausoleum honoring Empress Go-Murakami.

After his death


According to the Imperial Household Agency, the mausoleum (misasagi) of Go-Murakami is in Osaka Prefecture.[1] The emperor is traditionally venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine in the precincts of Kanshinji temple (観心寺) in Kawachinagano, Osaka.[10]

Eras of Go-Murakami's reign


The years of Go-Murakami's reign are more identified by more than one era name.

Nanboku-chō southern court
  • Eras as reckoned by legitimate Court (as determined by Meiji rescript)
Nanboku-chō northern court
  • Eras as reckoned by pretender Court (as determined by Meiji rescript)


The chrysanthemum symbol of the Japanese emperor and his family
  1. 1.0 1.1 Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō): 後村上天皇 (97)
  2. Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, pp. 294-308.
  3. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 158.
  4. Titsingh, p. 294.
  5. Titsingh, p. 295.
  6. Varley, H. Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 270.
  7. Titsingh, p. 295; Varley, p. 44; a distinct act of senso is unrecognized prior to Emperor Tenji; and all sovereigns except Jitō, Yōzei, Go-Toba, and Fushimi have senso and sokui in the same year until the reign of Emperor Go-Murakami. Compare Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), Ceremony of Accession (Sokui-no-Rei); retrieved 2011-12-23.
  8. Titsingh, p. 295.
  9. Titsingh, p. 308; Ponsonby-Fane, p. 158.
  10. Ponsonby-Fane, p. 422.

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Preceded by
Emperor Go-Daigo
Emperor of Japan:

Succeeded by
Emperor Chōkei