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Role: Koretaka Shinno (惟喬親王)

Lifetime: 844 - 897

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The historical figure Prince Koretaka

The eldest son of the emperor Montoku. He became a bonze. Was also known as Ono no Miya and was considered a distinguished poet. Ariwara no Narihira was one of those who were his attendants.

Helen Craig McCullough noted that "...Koretaka, was his father's favorite, but he failed to win nomination as crown prince because his backing was less powerful than that of the emperor's fourth son, Prince Korehito (Emperor Seiwa)." His father's favorite consort was Ki no Shizuko

The Koretaka episodes in the Tale of Ise formed the basis for a new model of male friendship in Japanese literature and culture.