Emperor Saga was the 52nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Saga's reign spanned the years from 809 through 823.Traditional narrative
Saga was the second son of Emperor Kanmu and Fujiwara no Otomuro. His personal name was Kamino. Saga was an "accomplished calligrapher" able to compose in Chinese who held the first imperial poetry competitions (). According to legend, he was the first Japanese emperor to drink tea.Saga is traditionally venerated at his tomb; the Imperial Household Agency designates Saganoyamanoe Imperial Mausoleum, in Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, as the location of Saga's mausoleum.Events of Saga's life
806 Saga became the crown prince at age 21.
June 17, 809 (Daidō 4, 1st day of the 4th month): In the 4th year of Emperor Heizei's reign, he fell ill and abdicated; and the succession (senso) was received by Kanmu's second son Saga, the eldest son having become a Buddhist priest. Shortly thereafter,
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