Fujiwara no Hidesato

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Fujiwara no Hidesato depicted in an 1890 print by Yoshitoshi.

Fujiwara no Hidesato (藤原 秀郷), was a kuge (court bureaucrat) of tenth century Heian Japan. He is famous for his military exploits and courage, and is regarded as the common ancestor of the Ōshū branch of the Fujiwara clan, the Yūki, Oyama, and Shimokōbe families.

Hidesato served under Emperor Suzaku, and fought alongside Taira no Sadamori in 940 in suppressing the revolt of Taira no Masakado.[1] His prayer for victory before this battle is commemorated in the Kachiya Festival. Hidesato was then appointed Chinjufu-shōgun (Defender of the North) and Governor of Shimotsuke Province.

Hidesato, or Tawara no Tota, is famous for his exploit, "Tawara no Tota Conquering the Giant Centipede[2] on Mount Mikami".


  • Father: Fujiwara no Murao (藤原村雄)
  • Mother: daughter of Shimatsuke-no-jō no Kashima (下野掾鹿島女)
    • Wife: daughter of Minamoto no Michi (源通) of the Board of Chamberlains (侍従).
      • Son: Fujiwara no Chitsune (藤原千常)
    • Children by unknown mother:
      • Son: Fujiwara no Chitoki (藤原千時)
      • Son: Fujiwara no Chiharu (藤原千晴)
      • Son: Fujiwara no Chikuni (藤原千国)
      • Son: Fujiwara no Chigusa (藤原千種)

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  1. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. Cassell & Co. p. 199. ISBN 1854095234.
  2. ^ Sato, Hiroaki (1995). Legends of the Samurai. Overlook Duckworth. p. 38. ISBN 9781590207307.
  • Frederic, Louis (2002). "Japan Encyclopedia." Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.