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Princess Yoshiko (KĊkaku)

Princess Yoshiko was the empress consort of Emperor Kōkaku of Japan. She enjoys the distinction of being the last daughter of an emperor who would herself rise to the position of empress; when she was given the title of Empress Dowager, she became the first person to be honored with that title while still living since 1168. Princess Yoshiko was known as Onna-Ichi-no-Miya in her infancy, she was the only child of Emperor Go-Momozono. Although her own children died in infancy, she functioned as official mother to the heir who would become Emperor Ninkō. Father: Emperor Go-Momozono of Japan, 118th Emperor of Japan Mother: Konoe Koreko, daughter of Konoe Uchisaki Husband and adopted brother: Emperor Kōkaku of Japan, 119th Emperor of Japan, Yoshiko's second cousin twice removed in the biological male line Children: Prince Masuhito and Prince Toshihito Yoshiko's father, Emperor Go-Momozono, died without a son when she was ten months old. To avoid dynastic interregnum, Retired Empress Go-Sakuramachi and her chief adviser encouraged the dying emperor to adopt Prince Morohito, whose biological father was Prince Sukehito, the second Prince Kan'in.

Morohito, who would be known as Emperor Kōkaku acceded to the throne at age eight. Retired Empress Go-Sakuramachi engaged Yoshiko to the new Emperor. Yoshiko formally became Empress consort to Emperor Kōkaku at age 15, she bore two sons. In 1816, Emperor Ninkō granted Empress Yoshiko the title of Empress Dowager after Emperor Kōkaku abdicated. Shortly after Emperor Kōkaku's death, Dowager Empress Eishō became a Buddhist nun. In 1841, she changed her name to Shin-Seiwa-In. Yoshiko died at age 67 and was buried Senyū-ji, in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, her memory is honored at her husband's mausoleum, known as Nochi-no-tsukinowa no misasagi. Japanese empresses Ōmiya Palace Fujita, Satoru.. Bakumatsu no Tennō. Tokyo: Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-258026-8 Ponsonby-Fane, Richard Arthur Brabazon.. The Imperial House of Japan. Kyoto: Ponsonby Memorial Society. OCLC 194887 ___________.. Genealogies of the Empresses of Japan. Tokyo: Shin Jinbutsu Ōraisha. ISBN 978-4-404-03024-5.

Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt

Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt was a Colombian sculptor. At the time of his death in 1995 he was recognized as one of the most important sculptors in Colombia and Latin America. Most of the main cities in Colombia have statues sculpted by Arenas. Arenas died on May 14, 1995 in the municipality of Caldas located in the southern end of the Valley of Aburrá and part of the Medellín Metropolitan Area, his bronze statues are characterized by dramatic expression. Examples of his artwork are: Naked Bolívar in Pereira Monument to Race and concrete, 38 m height, located in La Alpujarra Administrative Center in Medellín Sculptural Complex Vargas Swamp Lancers near to Paipa is the largest sculpture in Colombia. Monument to Effort in Armenia Monument to the Marching Revolution in Valledupar