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Emperor Jimmu, Jinmu-tennō in Japanese meaning Jinmu-emperor, literally, was the first Emperor of Japan who ascended traditionally in 660 BC.[3][4] He is believed to be a descendant of Amaterasu, the sun Goddess through her grandson, Ninigi and is a descendant of the storm God Susanoo. He launched a military expedition from Hyūga Province and captured Yamato Province. Jimmu's accession which was in 660 BC is marked as National Foundation Day in Japan on February 11.

There is a period before Jimmu ascended in 660 BC, it known as the Age of the Gods to the Japanese's Shinto religion.[5]

There are legends with Jimmu's story associating with the Ōtomo clan and that clan has links to the ruling family of Japan.



References Edit

  1. "Jimmu", Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (1993), Kodansha, ISBN 978-4069310980.
  2. "Genealogy of the Emperors of Japan" at Kunaicho.go.jp; retrieved 2013-8-28.
  3. Kelly, Charles F. "Kofun Culture", Japanese Archaeology. April 27, 2009.
  4. Kitagawa, Joseph. (1987). Template:Google books; excerpt: "emphasis on the undisrupted chronological continuity from myths to legends and from legends to history, it is difficult to determine where one ends and the next begins. At any rate, the first ten legendary emperors are clearly not reliable historical records."
    Boleslaw Szczesniak, "The Sumu-Sanu Myth. Notes and Remarks on the Jimmu Tenno Myth", in Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 10, No. 1/2 (1954), pp. 107–126.
  5. Nussbaum, "Jindai" at Template:Google books.
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