# What was Emperor Meiji called when he was alive?

## Question:

What was Emperor Meiji called when he was alive?

## Imperial Naming Conventions:

Under the naming conventions of post-feudal Japan, an emperor would posthumously be referred to by the name of the era in which he ruled, so Emperor Meiji was the emperor of Japan during the Meiji Period.

Emperor Meiji's personal name was Mutsuhito, although he was never referred to as Emperor Mutsuhito during or after his lifetime. Instead, he was known as Prince Mutsuhito before he took the throne and simply as The Emperor after his ascension.