The Tale of the Heike

Japanese book compiled prior to 1330

The Tale of the Heike (平家物語, Heike Monogatari) is an epic account of the struggle between two rival clans at the end of the 12th century.[1] In the title of this work, the Heike (平家) is one of several ways to describe the Taira () clan.[2]

The Take of Heike in Treasure Hall, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

This conflict is also known in the Genpei War (1150-1185).[3]



This long story has been translated into English at least five times, including

An abridged translation by Burton Watson was published in 2006.[9]



  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Heike monogatari" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 305.
  2. Nussbaum, "Heike" at p. 305.
  3. Nussbaum, "Gempei" at p. 304.
  4. Sadler, A.L. "The Heike Monogatari", Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan. 46.2 (1918): 1–278 and 49.1 (1921): 1–354.
  5. Yoshikawa, Eiji. (1956). The Heike Story: A Modern Translation of the Classic Tale of Love and War, translated by Fuki Wooyenaka Uramatsu. New York: Alfred A. Knopf; retrieved 2012-6-12.
  6. Kitagawa, Hiroshi et al. (1975). The Tale of the Heiji. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press; retrieved 2012-6-12.
  7. McCullough, Helen. (1988). The Tale of the Heike. Stanford:Stanford University Press; see full-text online version Archived 2012-07-20 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-6-12.
  8. Tyler, Royal. (2012). The Tale of the Heike. New York: Viking; retrieved 2012-6-12.
  9. Watson, Burton. (2006). The Tales of the Heike. New York: Columbia University Press; retrieved 2012-6-12.

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