Fujiwara no Tashi

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Fujiwara no Tashi (藤原多子 Fujiwara no Tashi 1140 - Jan. 12, 1202) was an Empress consort of Japan. She was first the consort of Emperor Konoe, and then of Emperor Nijō. Because she became consort twice, she was called the "Empress of Two Generations." Her birth father was Kin'yoshi Tokudaiji. Her adoptive father was Fujiwara no Yorinaga.


Fujiwara no Yorinaga married Kin'yoshi Tokudaiji's eldest daughter, Sachiko (Tashi's aunt), and raised Tashi as his daughter from a young age. She was married to Emperor Konoe in 1150. After the Emperor's death in 1155, Tashi left the palace to live in seclusion. In 1160, at the age of 21, she was called back to the palace by Emperor Nijō and became his Empress. She is the only Japanese Empress to have become one twice, and became the last known Grand empress dowager (太皇太后, taikōtaikō) of Japan. When Emperor Nijō died in 1165, Tashi renounced the world to become a Buddhist priest. She became well known for her writing, art, and musical abilities. She died at the age of 62.

Japanese royalty
Preceded by
Fujiwara no Nariko
Empress consort of Japan
Succeeded by
Fujiwara no Shimeko