Tachibana no Kachiko

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Tachibana no Kachiko
Nine Stages of Decomposition of the Heian Period Empress Danrin, Honolulu Museum of Art II.JPG
Empress consort of Japan
TenureAugust 21, 815 – June 5, 823
DiedJune 17, 850(850-06-17) (aged 63–64)
Heian Kyō (Kyōto)
SpouseEmperor Saga
IssueEmperor Ninmyō
Princess Seishi
Princess Hideko
Prince Hidera
Princess Toshiko
Princess Yoshiko
Princess Shigeko
FatherTachibana no Kiyotomo

Tachibana no Kachiko (橘 嘉智子, 786 – June 17, 850), also known as Empress Danrin (檀林皇后, Danrin-kōgō), was a Japanese empress, the chief consort of Emperor Saga[1] and the daughter of Tachibana no Kiyotomo (橘 清友).[2]

The empress was a devout Buddhist. She founded the Buddhist Danrin-ji temple complex, and for this reason, she came to be called Danrin-kōgō.[2]

She died in the 4th day of the 5th month of 850.[3]


In the acclaimed 2013 movie Avalokitesvara, a loose adaptation of the Putuoshan genesis story, Ryoko Nakano starred as the Empress Dowager Tachibana Kachiko.


  1. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, pp. 318-319.
  2. ^ a b Ponsonby-Fane, p. 319.
  3. ^ Adolphson, Mikael et al. (2006). Heian Japan, Centers and Peripheries, p. 23., p. 23, at Google Books


  • Adolphson, Mikael S., Edward Kamens and Stacie Matsumoto. (2006). Heian Japan, Centers and Peripheries. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824830137; OCLC 71542885
  • Kōjien, 6th edition
  • Ponsonby-Fane, Richard Arthur Brabazon. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan. Kyoto: Ponsonby Memorial Society. OCLC 194887
Japanese royalty
Preceded by
Fujiwara no Otomuro
(Posthumously: Fujiwara no Taishi)
Empress consort of Japan
Succeeded by
Princess Seishi