Fujiwara no Fusasaki

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Fujiwara no Fusasaki
Born 681
Died 737
Nationality Japanese
Parents Fujiwara no Fuhito (father)
In this Japanese name, the family name is Fujiwara.

Fujiwara no Fusasaki (藤原 房前, 681 – May 25, 737) was a member of the Fujiwara clan and the founder of the Hokke branch of the Fujiwara.[1]


Fusasaki was a Sangi (associate counselor) in the Daijō-kan.[2]

He founded the temple of Sugimoto-dera in Kamakura in 734 with the priest Gyōki (668–749). The temple's legend holds that Empress Komyo (701–760) in the Nara Period (710–794) instructed Fusasaki, the then high-ranking minister, and a famous priest named Gyoki (668–749) to build the temple enshrining a statue of Eleven-Headed Kan'non, or Ekadasamukha in Sanskrit, as the main object of worship. Priest Gyoki fashioned the statue himself because he was also a great sculptor.[3]


Fusasaki' father was Fujiwara no Fuhito (659–720);[1] and Fusasaki was a parent of Fujiwara no Uona.

Fusasaki died of smallpox.[1] He died in 737.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fujiwara no Fusasaki" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 202, p. 202, at Google Books; Brinkley, Frank et al. (1915). A History of the Japanese People from the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era, p. 203., p. 203, at Google Books
  2. ^ a b Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 224., p. 69, at Google Books
  3. ^ "Sugimoto-dera". July 2002. Retrieved 2009-04-19.