Japan

Empress Suiko – Japan’s first reigning Empress

Empress Suiko was the first recorded Empress regnant of Japan. She was able to maintain her rule and authority for 35 years. She established Buddhism as the main religion in Japan. She initiated steps to centralise the state under imperial rule. She established the first cap and rank system and adopted Japan’s oldest constitutions. Empress [read more]

Empress Kōjun

Empress Kōjun – Fragrant Purity

The Empress Kōjun was born Princess Nagako on 6 March 1903 as the daughter of Kuniyoshi, Prince Kuni by his consort, Shimazu Chikako. As a member of one of the Ōke (also known as the Old Imperial Family branch), she was eligible to provide an heir to the throne. She attended the Girls’ Department of Peers’ School in Tokyo, which was [read more]