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|Princess Tōchi (Toči)|
|Empress consort of Japan|
|Titles||The Empress of Japan (672)
|Died||May 3, 678 (the 7th Day of the 4th Month of the 7th Year of Temmu's reign)|
|Place of death||Kiyomihara Palace, Asuka, Japan|
|Consort||January, 672 – August 21, 672|
|Consort to||Emperor Kōbun|
Princess Tōchi was a daughter of Emperor Temmu. Her mother was Princess Nukata, who was known as a court poet. She married Prince Ōtomo, who became Emperor Kōbun. They lived in the capital of Omikyō, Ōmi Province (currently Ōtsu, Shiga). He succeeded after his father (Emperor Tenji) died, and she subsequently became Empress-consort.
In 678, she was appointed a Saiō by divination and was supposed to leave her residence to stay in Saikū (斎宮), the abstinence palace, in the 7th day of the 4th month. She suddenly died in the residence. According to Nihon shoki, she died from sudden illness, but quite a few historians insist she killed herself.[who?]
She was buried at a place mentioned as Akō in the Nihon shoki, which could be Akō, Hyōgo.
- Himegamisha Shrine — built in 1981 and located in Nara.
- Tsutsumori Shrine – located in Ōtaki, Chiba Prefecture.
- Shingū Shrine – located in Nankoku, Kōchi Prefecture.
|Empress consort of Japan
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