Urabe no Suetake

Urabe no Suetake (卜部 季武 950 – 1022) was a samurai of the Heian period (794 1185) in the service of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (948 1021), a regent of the Fujiwara clan.[1] Suetake was formally known as Taira no Suetake (平季武), and also appears in literature as Rokurō (六郎) and Kageyu (勘解由). Suetake assisted Yorimitsu throughout his life, being referred to as one of Shitennō, or "Four Guardian Kings" of Yorimitsu. Suetake originated from the House of Seiryū (Blue Dragon). In addition to Suetake, the other Shitennō of Yorimitsu were Usui Sadamitsu, Kintarō, and Watanabe no Tsuna.

Suetake is the subject of a tale in the Konjaku Monogatarishū, a collection of folk legends compiled in the late Heian period. The Japanese tale in which Suetake appears is known as Ōeyama. He died in 1022 at the age of 73.[2] [3]


  1. Sato, Hiroaki (1995). Legends of the Samurai. Overlook Duckworth. p. 61-64. ISBN 9781590207307.
  2. "卜部季武" [Urabe no Suetake]. Dijitaru Daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  3. "卜部季武" [Urabe no Suetake]. Nihon Kokugo Daijiten (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-07-12.

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