Taira no Noritsune

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Taira no Noritsune (平 教経) (1160–1185) was the son of Taira no Norimori. He fought in the Genpei War alongside his Taira brethren, including the battles of Mizushima[1] and Dan-no-ura.

He also fought in the Ichi-no-Tani, and killed Satō Tsugunobu in the Battle of Yashima.[2][3]

He is supposed to have died by drowning himself, at Dan-no-ura, while holding a Minamoto warrior under each arm. In the play, he is disguised as the priest 'Yokawa no Kakuhan', until he is forced to confess his true identity by Benkei.


  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.