Fujiwara no Tadamichi, the eldest son of the esteemed statesman Fujiwara no Tadazane, followed in his father's illustrious footsteps. In 1121, he ascended to the position of Kampaku, serving as the Chief Advisor to the Emperor—a title of great significance before the establishment of the Shogunate. Just two years later, he assumed the role of Sessho, acting as a regent for Emperor Sutoku. In 1129, he was further appointed Dajo Daijin, holding the esteemed position of Chancellor of the Realm.

Tadamichi's legacy extended through his five sons, all of whom played pivotal roles in the political and military landscape of Heian Period Japan. His daughter Masako became the consort of Emperor Sutoku, while his two adopted daughters, Ikushi and Teishi, entered into matrimonial unions with emperors. Additionally, his daughter Shimeko became a concubine of Emperor Konoe.

During the Hogo Rebellion, a brief civil conflict in the summer of 1156 stemming from an Imperial succession dispute, Tadamichi aligned himself with Emperor Go-Shirakawa. Meanwhile, his brother Yorinaga supported Emperor Sutoku, whose cause ultimately met defeat, resulting in Yorinaga's death in battle.

Fujiwara no Tadamichi's remaining memoirs were compiled and published as the "Hoshoji Kampaku-ki." A handwritten manuscript authored by Tadamichi, housed in the Kyoto National Museum, holds the distinction of being a National Treasure.

Tadamichi passed away on March 13, 1164, just two days shy of his 68th birthday, which fell on March 15.

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