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Prince Toneri, from a book illustration by Kikuchi Yōsai.
|Born||28 January 676|
|Died||6 December 735(aged 59)|
Prince Toneri (舎人親王? Toneri shinnō) (January 28, 676 – December 6, 735) was a Japanese imperial prince in the Nara period. He was a son of Emperor Tenmu. He was given the posthumous name, Emperor Sudoujinkei (崇道尽敬皇帝? Sudōjinkei Kōtei), as the father of Emperor Junnin. In the beginning of the Nara period, he gained political power as a leader of the Imperial family together with Prince Nagaya. He supervised the compilation of the Nihon Shoki.
His consort was Taima-no-Yamashiro (or Tagima-no-Yamashiro) and he had many sons: Princes Mihara, Mishima, Fune (or Funa), Ikeda, Moribe, Miura and Ōi (later Emperor Junnin).
Although he was plagued, he survived and lived longest among the sons of Emperor Tenmu.
Some of his descendants (known as the Kiyohara clan) took the Kiyohara surname. Examples include Kiyohara no Natsuno, who was the grandson of Prince Mihara, Kiyohara no Fukayabu, Kiyohara no Motosuke and his daughter, Sei Shōnagon.
In popular culture
The character Toneri Otsutsuki in The Last: Naruto the Movie is named after Prince Toneri.
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