by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)
Series Tales of the wonders of the goddess Kannon. 1859
Prince Shōtoku (聖徳太子 Shōtoku Taishi, February 7, 572 – April 8, 622), also known as Prince Umayado (厩戸皇子Umayado no ōji) or Prince Kamitsumiya (上宮皇子Kamitsumiya no ōji), was a semi-legendary regent and a politician of the Asuka period in Japan who served under Empress Suiko. He was the son of Emperor Yōmei and his consort, Princess Anahobe no Hashihito, who was also Yōmei’s younger half-sister. His parents were relatives of the ruling Soga clan and he was involved in the defeat of the rival Mononobe clan. The primary source of the life and accomplishments of Prince Shōtoku comes from the Nihon Shoki.
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