When EN no Ozunu ( also known as En no Gyoja ) and Unpen Shonin travelled to Kiyotaki at the foot of Mt . Atago during the Emperor Monmu 's reign from 701 to 704 , their progress was halted by lightning and violent rain .
Totada excelled in martial art as well as being skilled in kado ( waka poetry study ) ( studied under Sanetaka SANJONISHI ) and calligraphy , and he led the height of Tochi clan as the busho of both the literary and military arts .
( Since the accession of Emperor Mommu , August 1st was dated differently , with Ganka reki used in " Nihonshoki " and Giho reki in " Shoku Nihongi " ( Chronicle of Japan Continued ) , which makes it appear that there are two theories on the dates , but they were actually identical . )
At this time , the way of imperial succession was to change from the form of elder brother to little brother succession to the form of father to son succession , and when the practice of succession between the direct line male children , from Tenmu to Kusakabe , Monmu , and Shomu , had faced with difficulties due to a series of young successors ' deaths , it was sustained by the substitutional empresses , Jito , Genmei , and Gensho .
It is said that he not only exceled in bravery , but that he also enjoyed literature and studied waka ( classic Japanese poetry ) ; he was a commander with both wisdom and courage , skilled in wielding both the sword and the pen .
It is said that on this occasion , Yoshimura conducted a man-to-man fight with Sorosuke SUGINO ( 杉野素郎助 ) who was a master swordsman in Yamato Province and slew him , but this is incorrect because , later , Sugino became a teacher of Totsukawa Bunbukan .
He set up his official residence as Shinno in Teinami , Shimosa Province ( an alternative version holds that it was in Ishii , Sashima-gun county ) , fashioning Bunahashi after Yamazaki in Kyoto , and Tsu in Oi , Soma-gun county after Otsu , appointing Monbunhyakkan officials such as Sayu-daijin , Nagon , Sangi , and commissioned the creation of a Naiin ( inner seal ) and Gein ( outer seal ) ; it is said that he tried to establish a capital of a new nation in Bando modeled after the imperial capital in Kyoto .
The first Emperor to become Daijo Tenno was Emperor Jito , who handed over the throne to Emperor Monmu , ( though there is an example of Empress Kogyoku , who transferred the throne to her younger brother Emperor Kotoku , but at this time , there was no title of ' Daijo Tenno ' and , thereafter , she acceded to the throne again as Empress Saimei ) and up until Emperor Kokaku handed over the throne to Emperor Ninko in the late Edo period , there were 62 Joko 's in total .
When Emperor Monmu died on June 15th , 707 , HAJI no Sukune Umate who was promoted to Shogoinojo ( Senior Fifth Rank , Upper Grade ) on October 3rd , was appointed as the Imperial envoy to Tusukuriyama no Misasagi along with SHIMOTSUKENU no Komaro , TAMI no Hirao , and ISONOKAMI no Toyoniwa .
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