Kajiwara Kagesue

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Kajiwara Kagesue, Sasaki Takatsuna, and Hatakeyama Shigetada racing to cross the Uji River before the second battle of Uji, as depicted in a print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

Kajiwara Kagesue (梶原 景季, 1162 - February 6, 1200), also known as Kajiwara Kagetoki, was a samurai in service to the Minamoto clan during the Genpei War of Japan's late Heian period.[1]

The Heike monogatari records an anecdote about a friendly competition with Sasaki Takatsuna prior to the second battle of Uji.[2] Mounted on Yoritomo's black horse, Surusumi, he races Takatsuna across the River Uji.[3][4]

Kagesue met death in Suruga at the hands of men loyal to Minamoto no Yoriie.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Nussbaum, Louis Frédéric et al (2005). "Kajiwara Kagetoki" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 454., p. 454, at Google Books
  2. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. Cassell & Co. p. 204. ISBN 1854095234.
  3. ^ Kitagawa, Hiroshi et al. (1975). The Tale of the Heike, pp. 511-513; Varley, Paul. (1994). Warriors of Japan as Portrayed in the War Tales, p. 94., p. 94, at Google Books
  4. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (1977). The Samurai, A Military History. MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 64–65. ISBN 0026205408.

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