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(593-641; r 629-641). The 34th imperial ruler of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His birth name was Prince Tamura. He was a grandson of Emperor Bidatsu both paternally and maternally, i.e. his father was Prince Oshisakahikohitonooe and his mother was Princess Nukatehime, who was a younger sister of his father. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)

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