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)

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 resulting in a military confrontation known as Fujiwara no Nakamaro Rebellion.

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.