Fujiwara no Maro

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Fujiwara no Maro
Born 695
Died 737
Nationality Japanese
Parents Fujiwara no Fuhito (father)
In this Japanese name, the family name is Fujiwara.

Fujiwara no Maro (藤原 麻呂?, 695 – August 17, 737) was a Japanese statesman, courtier, and politician during the Nara period.[1] Maro established the Kyōke branch of the Fujiwara clan.


Maro was a minister (sakyō no dayū) during the reign of Emperor Shōmu.[2]

  • 737 (Tenpyō 9, 7th month): Maro died at age 43.[3] A smallpox epidemic caused the deaths of Maro and his three brothers.[4]


This member of the Fujiwara clan was the son of Fujiwara no Fuhito.[1] Maro had three brothers: Fusasaki, Muchimaro and Umakai. These four brothers are known for having established the "four houses" of the Fujiwara.[5]

His mother was Ioe no Iratsume, former wife of Emperor Tenmu.

Among his children was Fujiwara no Hamanari.


  1. ^ a b Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fujiwara no Umakai" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 205, p. 205, at Google Books; Brinkley, Frank. (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. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 70, p. 70, at Google Books; see "Fousiwara-no Maro", pre-Hepburn romanization
  3. ^ Titsingh,p. 69, p. 69, at Google Books
  4. ^ Brinkley, p. 190., p. 190, at Google Books
  5. ^ Brinkley, p. 203., p. 203, at Google Books; excerpt, "Muchimaro's home, being in the south (nan) of the capital, was called Nan-ke; Fusazaki's, being in the north (hoku), was termed Hoku-ke; Umakai's was spoken of as Shiki-ke, since he presided over the Department of Ceremonies (shiki), and Maro's went by the name of Kyō-ke, this term also having reference to his office."


External links[edit]

  • 水垣 久. 藤原麻呂 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-09-22.