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(b Heiankyō [now Kyoto], 1180; reg 1183–98; d Naka no shima, Oki Islands [now in Shimane Prefect.], 1239).
  • Nicole Fabricand-Person


Emperor of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333), patron, scholar and poet. The dual-polity government that prevailed in Japan just before GoToba’s reign in the late 12th century rested uneasily on a complex political relationship between the shogunate (bakufu) under the Hōjō family in the eastern capital of Kamakura and the emperor in the capital at Heian (now Kyoto). At the age of 18 GoToba ceded the throne to his son, and during his ascendancy as the ‘abdicated’ or ‘cloistered’ emperor (...

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