- Rider(s):Taira no Atsumori
(1169–1184) was a samurai famous for his early death in single combat. At the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani, Atsumori engaged Kumagai Naozane, an ally of the Minamoto, and was killed. Kumagai had a son the same age as Atsumori. Kumagai’s great remorse as told in the tale, coupled with his taking of priestly vows, caused this otherwise unremarkable event to become well known for its tragedy.
The nice equestrian statue of Taira no Atsumori by an unknown sculptor near the Sumadera temple in Kobe shows the youthful Atsumori with a bow in his hand in his encounter with Kumagai Naozane.
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