READ Members of the Taira Clan

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List of the members of the Taira clan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list includes the names of each famous person in the Taira clan, along with information like where each person was born. If you're doing research on historic members of the Taira clan, then this list is the perfect jumping off point for finding out which notable people are included. The Taira clan has held prominence in the world dating back many years, so it's no wonder that many people have a fascination with its members. While this is not an exact family tree, it does show a list of many popular members of the Taira clan.

This list features Taira no Sadayoshi, Taira no Tokuko and more.

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Taira no Tokuko

Taira no Tokuko, later known as Kenreimon-in, was the last Heike Imperial survivor from the modest vessel carrying the emperor in the great naval battle of Dan-no-ura. Her life became a compelling narrative which survives as both history and literature. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 58 (1155-1213)

Taira no Sadayoshi

Taira no Sadayoshi was a governor of Higo and Chikugo provinces in Kyūshū, and a samurai commander for the Taira clan during the Genpei War of the 1180s. Following the war, his life was spared as a result of an intercession by Utsunomiya Tomotsuna. He thus spent his retirement as a Buddhist monk, going by the appellation Higo-Nyūdo. His father was Taira no Iesada. When Kikuchi Takanao sided with Minamoto no Yoritomo and began levying troops in Kyūshū in 1180, at the beginning of the Genpei War, Sadayoshi marched against him and defeated him. Sadayoshi then traveled to Kyoto, and met up with Taira no Munemori along with the Emperor Antoku on the Saikaidō road from the capital. He tried in ...more on Wikipedia

Taira no Kiyomori

Taira no Kiyomori was a military leader of the late Heian period of Japan. He established the first samurai-dominated administrative government in the history of Japan. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 63 (1118-1181)

Taira no Tomomori

Taira no Tomomori was the son of Taira no Kiyomori, and one of the Taira Clan's chief commanders in the Genpei War at the end of the Heian period of Japanese history. He was the victor at the Battle of Uji in 1180, and also at the Battle of Yahagigawa in 1181, where, after forcing the enemy Minamoto forces to retreat, Tomomori fell ill, and so the pursuit was ended. Tomomori was again victorious over the Minamoto in a naval battle at Mizushima two years later. The Taira forces tied their ships together, to create a larger stable surface to fire arrows from, and to engage in hand-to-hand combat. At the Battle of Dan-no-ura, when the Taira were decisively beaten by their rivals, Tomomori ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 33 (1152-1185)