Taira no Tadamori

Taira no Tadamori by Kikuchi Yōsai
In this Japanese name, the family name is Taira.

Taira no Tadamori (平 忠盛, 1096 – February 10, 1153) was a Taira clan samurai, son of Masamori and father of Taira no Kiyomori, and member of the Kebiishi (Imperial police force). Tadamori was also governor of the provinces of Harima, Ise, Bizen, and Tajima.

He consolidated the influence of the Taira clan at the Imperial Court, and is said to have been the first samurai to serve the Emperor directly, at Court.

As a servant of the Court, Tadamori waged campaigns, beginning in 1129,[1] against pirates on the coasts of San'yōdō and Nankaidō (two of the Gokishichidō, large administrative divisions of Japan). He also served his own clan in battling the warrior monks of Nara and of Mount Hiei.

Tadamori is also credited with the construction of the Rengeō-in, a major and now-famous temple in Kyoto, which includes the longest wooden building in the world, the Sanjūsangen-dō. Tadamori was granted the governorship of Tajima province as a reward for completing this project.


  1. Sansom, George (1958). A history of Japan to 1334. Stanford University Press. p. 255,260-263. ISBN 0804705232.

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