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Lovable LosersThe Heike in Action and Memory$
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Mikael S. Adolphson and Anne Commons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846756

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846756.001.0001

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Fact and Fiction in the Heike monogatari

Fact and Fiction in the Heike monogatari

(p.127) Chapter Seven Fact and Fiction in the Heike monogatari
Lovable Losers

Takahashi Masaaki

, Eiji Okawa
University of Hawai'i Press

This essay is primarily concerned with a comparison between historical accounts of members of the Heike with their depictions in the Heike monogatari, in which the author clearly shows the extent to which the Heike monogatari manipulates the images of Heike figures and demonizes Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181) in particular. The author discusses the Heike monogatari’s initial composition, which may well have involved Heike survivors and supporters at the early-thirteenth-century court. He also examines the Heike’s dual identity as both warriors and aristocrats, arguing that Kiyomori, while working within the Heian court hierarchy, paved the way for Japan’s first warrior government (bakufu) through strategies that the first Kamakura shogun, Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147-1199), later employed.

Keywords:   Taira no Kiyomori, Rokuhara Bakufu, Heike monogatari, Minamoto no Yoritomo

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