- Rider(s):Kumagai Naozane
(1141 –1207/ 1208) was a famous soldier who served the Minamoto clan during the Heian period. Kumagai is particularly known for his exploits during the Genpei War, specifically for killing the young warrior Taira no Atsumori at the battle of Ichi-no-Tani in 1184. Atsumori’s death and the circumstances surrounding it went on to be fictionalized and retold in numerous forms. Later in life, Kumagai is also known in Japanese Buddhism as a devout follower of Hōnen and the new Pure Land movement, as well as his renunciation of the samurai life.
The statue shows Kumagai Naozane with his war fan in his famous encounter with Taira no Atsumori on the beach at Suma.
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