Was Japan’s First Emperor a Chinese Refugee?

No, this post is not about the future but history. But as history is an important inspiration for my stories set in the future – actually I like history a lot – it’s good to discuss some history from time to time. Here an interesting hypothesis about the history of Japan’s imperial family.

The Daily Beagle

File:Emperor Jimmu.jpg Emperor Jimmu, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), From series: Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan

Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇 Jimmu-Tenno), whose name means “Divine Might” is the legendary founder of Japan’s Imperial House and a direct descendent of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu. His rule is said to have been between 660 and 585 BC. Today, Emperor Akihito can claim, through an unbroken line of succession, direct descent from Jimmu. Jimmu himself is shrouded in legend and many modern scholars doubt whether he ever actually existed. The story of Emperor Jimmu has been passed to us from the Kojiki (古事記 Record of Ancient Matters). The Kojiki is a collection of the myths and legends of the Japanese islands, much of it forms the backbone of the Shinto rites of worship. The story of Jimmu, as related by the Kojiki, tells of Jimmu and his brothers migrating with a large following to the main…

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