Akamatsu Norimura

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Akamatsu Norimura.

Akamatsu Norimura (赤松 則村, 1277 – February 18, 1350) was a Japanese samurai of the Akamatsu clan in the Muromachi period. He was governor (shugo) of Harima Province in Hyōgo Prefecture.[1]


Norimura supported Emperor Go-Daigo and Ashikaga Takauji in the struggle to overcome the Kamakura shogunate.[1][2] Akamatsu joined Takauji in capturing Kyoto from imperial forces on 23 Feb. 1336.[2]:40,44 He then became a part of the Ashikaga shogunate.[1] Norimura constructed a fort on a hill which later became the site for Himeji Castle.[3]


Norimura was a patron of Sesson Yūbai who established Hōun-ji and Hōrin-ji in Harima.[4] In records about the establishment of land rights for Daitoku-ji in Kyoto, Norimura's help is recognized.[5]

Emblem (mon) of the Akamatsu clan

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  1. ^ a b c Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Akamatsu Norimura," Japan encyclopedia, p. 16.
  2. ^ a b Sansom, George (1961). A History of Japan, 1334-1615. Stanford University Press. p. 11,13,15,36. ISBN 0804705259.
  3. ^ Turp, John. (2007). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Japan, p. 206.
  4. ^ Hall, John Whitney. (1999). The Cambridge History of Japan, pp. 600-603.
  5. ^ Kraft, Kenneth. (1997). Eloquent Zen: Daitō and Early Japanese Zen,