Taira no Noritsune

Taira no Noritsune (平 教経) (1160 – 1185) was a military leader of the late Heian period of Japan. He was the son of Taira no Norimori. He fought in the Genpei War against the Minamoto clan.

Taira no Noritsune
(平 教経)
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OccupationMilitary leader

Genpei WarEdit

Taira no Noritsune (left) in the Battle of Dan no ura by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Noritsune was a commander during the Genpei War. He fought in many battles including the battles of Mizushima and Dan-no-ura.[1] He also fought in the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani, and killed Satō Tsugunobu in the Battle of Yashima.[2][3]


He committed suicide in the Battle of Dan-no-ura, while holding a Minamoto warrior under each arm plunging into the sea. His father also committed suicide at the same battle. In the play, he is disguised as the priest 'Yokawa no Kakuhan', until he is forced to confess his true identity by Benkei.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. Cassell & Co. p. 202. ISBN 1854095234.
  2. ^ Sato, Hiroaki (1995). Legends of the Samurai. Overlook Duckworth. p. 122,133. ISBN 9781590207307.
  3. ^ The Tales of the Heike. Translated by Burton Watson. Columbia University Press. 2006. pp. 122–125. ISBN 9780231138031.