Famous Birthdays, History Today — March 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Famous Birthdays Today: 1285 -Emperor Go-Nijō of Japan.


Emperor Go-Nijō (後二条天皇 Go-Nijō-tennō) (March 9, 1285 – September 10, 1308) was the 94th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. He reigned from March 3, 1301 until September 10, 1308.
This 14th century sovereign was named after the 12th century Emperor Nijō and go- (後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later Emperor Nijō”. The Japanese word “go” has also been translated to mean the “second one;” and in some older sources, this emperor may be identified as “Nijō, the second,” or as “Nijo II.”
Go-Nijō was the eldest son of the 91st Emperor, Emperor Go-Uda. He belonged to the Daikakuji-tō branch of the Imperial Family.
On September 10, 1308, Go-Nijō died of illness.
Go-Nijō is buried at Kitashirakawa no misasagi (北白河陵) in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto.

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