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Taishō: An enigmatic emperor and his influential wife

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The Taishō Emperor was born in 1879 and died in 1926 at the age of forty-seven. The wife of the Taishō Emperor, Sadako, known posthumously as Empress Teimei, lived from 1884 to 1951. The Meiji Emperor did not involve himself in the education of Yoshihito, but was deeply concerned about the matter of his son?s health. Like the Meiji Emperor, who after the Meiji Restoration went on the ?Six Grand Imperial Progresses,? Yoshihito, following his marriage, traveled all over the country. In July 1912, upon the demise of the Meiji Emperor, Yoshihito ascended the throne. The Taishō Emperor frequently absented himself from the palace Shinto rites, preferring the more enjoyable pastimes of sailing and horseback riding around the imperial villas in Hayama and Nikko.

Keywords: Empress Teimei; Meiji Emperor; Sadako; Shinto; Taishō Emperor; Yoshihito

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