Abe no Hirafu
Abe no Hirafu (阿部 比羅夫) was a notable Japanese general of the
Events in his life are accounted in the
Nihon Shoki and Kojiki, both
written several decades after his death. His father's name and origin
are unknown, as the written sources contradict one another, and may
have been altered to glorify the genealogy of then-living clans.
After reaching adulthood, Abe was a governor of Koshi Province. In
658, he defeated the
Mishihase in "Watarishima" (which may mean
Tsugaru Peninsula or Hokkaido) at the request of the native
inhabitants. His men continued to raid and plunder in
Okushiri Island until 660, bringing numerous trophies and prisoners to
court. His trophies included at least 2 live bears, 70 bear hides, and
353 prisoners. In March 660, local allies asked for his military
Ishikari River in Hokkaido, where he was victorious
In 662 his lord (soon to become the Emperor Tenji) assigned him and
the captive prince
Buyeo Pung to participate in an expedition to the
Korean peninsula to restore the fallen allied kingdom of Baekje.
Abe was assigned the command of the rear division out of three
divisions available. His division was an entirely naval unit. He
arrived on the continent in August 662 and was recalled after the
defeat in the
Battle of Baekgang in August 663.
Abe no Hirafu
Abe no Hirafu might be the ancestor of one or more of the Abe clans,
as well as the Ando and Akita clans.
Notes and references
^ "Abe no Hirafu" from amurai-archives.com
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