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The Gikeiki (義経記?), "The Chronicle of Yoshitsune", is a Japanese gunki monogatari ("war-tale") that focuses on the legends of Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his followers.[1] Thought to have been written during the Nanboku-chō period, it has provided inspiration to numerous Noh, kabuki and bunraku plays. Much of the image that people today have of Yoshitsune and those associated with him (Saitō no Musashibō Benkei and Shizuka Gozen, for example) is considered to have been influenced by the Gikeiki.

The word "Gikeiki" literally means "The Record of Yoshitsune", but the on-yomi of the kanji for his name are used in reading it aloud – "yoshi" () is read as "gi", and "tsune" () is read "kei".


  • McCullough, Helen Craig (1971). Yoshitsune: a fifteenth-century Japanese chronicle. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0804702705. 
  • Strugat︠s︡kogo, Arkadii︠a︡ (2000). Skazanie o Esit︠s︡unė. Sankt-Peterburg: Evrazii︠a︡. ISBN 5807100565. 

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  1. ^ Morris, Ivan (1975). The Nobility of Failure. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. pp. 93–100. ISBN 9780030108112. 

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