Hokke (Fujiwara)

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Fujiwara Hokke
Parent house Fujiwara clan
Titles Various
Founder Fujiwara no Fusasaki
Founding year 8th century

The Hokke (藤原北家 Fujiwara Hokke?) was a cadet branch of the Fujiwara clan. It was founded by Fujiwara no Fusasaki[1]

Fusasaki had three brothers: Muchimaro, Maro and Umakai. These four brothers are known for having established the "four houses" of the Fujiwara.[2]

The Hokke is sometimes identified as the "northern house".

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  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric et al. (2005). "Fujiwara no Fusasaki" at Japan Encyclopedia, p. 202, p. 202, at Google Books.
  2. ^ Brinkley, Frank and Dairoku Kikuchi. (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; 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."