Fujiwara no Kurajimaro

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Fujiwara no Kurajimaro
Fujiwara no Kurajimaro.jpg
Born 734
Died August 5, 775
Nationality Japanese
Parents Fujiwara no Umakai (father)
In this Japanese name, the family name is "Fujiwara".

Fujiwara no Kurajimaro (藤原 蔵下麻呂?, 734 – August 5, 775) was a Japanese statesman, courtier and politician during the Nara period.[1]

Career at court[edit]

He was a minister during the reign of Empress Shōtoku. He held positions of hyōbu-kyō (chief military officer) and sangi (associate counselor).[1]

Shotoku placed her imperial bodyguards under the command of Kurajimaro.[2]

In 764, Kurajimaro was a leader of forces opposing Fujiwara no Nakamaro, also known as Emi no Oshikatsu.[3] Nakamaro and others unsuccessfully plotted with Emperor Junnin against retired Empress Kōken and the monk Dōkyō.

After stability was restored, Kurajimaro was placed in charge of the party escorting Emperor Junnin to Awaji province.[4]


Kurajimaro was the ninth son of Fujiwara no Umakai.


  1. ^ a b Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fujiwara no Kurajimaro" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 205, p. 205, at Google Books.
  2. ^ Hall, John Whitney. (1993). The Cambridge History of Japan: Ancient Japan, p. 264., p. 264, at Google Books
  3. ^ Nussbaum, p. 205, p. 205, at Google Books; Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 77., p. 77, at Google Books
  4. ^ Ponsonby-Fane. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 173.