Yamato Takeru

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Yamato Takeru
Yamato Takeru in Yamato Takeru
Yamato Takeru in The Three Treasures
Species Human
Nationality Japanese (Yamato)
Forms Utsuno Ikusagami
Affiliation Yamato dynasty
Occupation Prince of Yamato
Related to Emperor Keiko (father),
Prince Ousu (brother),
Ototachibana (love interest)
First appearance Latest appearance
The Three Treasures Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon
Played by Toshiro Mifune,TTT Masahiro TakashimaYT
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This page is about the historical figure. For the 1994 film titled Yamato Takeru in Japan, see Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon.

Yamato Takeru (ヤマトタケル,   Yamato Takeru), born Prince Ousu (小碓命,   Ousu no Mikoto), is a legendary prince of Japan's Yamato dynasty, who lived between 72 and 114 A.D. Yamato Takeru's life is documented in classical Japanese historical chronicles such as the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, and the story of his life has been adapted into film twice by Toho; first in 1959 with The Three Treasures where he is played by Toshiro Mifune, and later in 1994's Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon in which he is played by Masahiro Takashima.


Yamato Takeru was born as Prince Ousu of Japan's Yamato dynasty. After defeating the Kumaso brothers, Ousu took the name Yamato Takeru, meaning "the bravest Yamato." Yamato Takeru's name is usually spelled in katakana characters, but is sometimes spelled in kanji as well. There are multiple possible kanji spellings of his name, but The Three Treasures uses the spelling 倭建命. In the film Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon, his name is spelled only in katakana.


Showa era

The Three Treasures

To be added.

Heisei era

Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon

To be added.


The Three Treasures


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