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Soga no Umako

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Native name  蘇我 馬子
Parents  Soga no Iname
Other names  Shima no Oomi (嶋大臣)
Children  Soga no Emishi
Name  Soga Umako
Grandparents  Soga no Koma
Role  Political figure

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Resting place  Shimanosho, Asuka, Nara Prefecture, Japan (traditionally)Coordinates: 34°28′0.44″N 135°49′34.14″E / 34.4667889°N 135.8261500°E / 34.4667889; 135.8261500
Monuments  Ishibutai Kofun (traditionally)
Years active  late 6th century – early 7th century
Known for  Political reforms of Asuka period, associate of Prince Shotoku, promoter of Buddhism
Died  June 19, 626 AD, Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Grandchildren  Soga no Iruka, Soga no Tetsuki no Iratsume
Similar People  Mononobe no Moriya, Soga no Iruka, Prince Shotoku, Soga no Emishi

Soga no Umako (蘇我 馬子, 551? – June 19, 626) was the son of Soga no Iname and a member of the powerful Soga clan of Japan.


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Umako conducted political reforms with Prince Shōtoku during the rules of Emperor Bidatsu and Empress Suiko and established the Soga clan's stronghold in the government by having his daughters married to members of the imperial family.

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In the late 6th century, Soga no Umako went to great lengths to promote Buddhism in Japan, and was instrumental in its acceptance. At that time, the Soga clan employed immigrants from China and Korea, and worked to obtain advanced technology and other knowledge. In 587, Umako defeated Mononobe no Moriya in the Battle of Shigisen, securing Soga dominance. On January 15, 593, relics of Buddha Shakyamuni were deposited inside the foundation stone under the pillar of a pagoda at Asuka-dera (Hōkō-ji at the time), a temple whose construction Umako ordered, according to the Suiko section of the Nihonshoki.

Ishibutai Kofun is believed to be the tomb of Soga no Umako.


Soga no Umako's wife was a daughter of Mononobe no Ogushi and a sister of Mononobe no Moriya; they had five children.

  • Soga no Emishi
  • Soga no Kuramaro
  • Kahakami no Iratsume, made consort of Emperor Sushun in 587, married to Yamato no Aya no Atahe in 592.
  • Tojiko no Iratsume, consort of Shotoku Taishi
  • Hode no Iratsume, consort of Emperor Jomei
  • References

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