This article presents several passages from the anonymous 17th c. commentary
Heike monogatari hyōban hidenshō. This understudied commentary on the medieval
Tale of the Heike shows the didactic aspect of this work’s reception in the Edo period.
Based on comparison with similar texts, such as the commentary Teikanhyō, the claim is
made that didactic works of this kind have group authorship and are related to group
discussions (kaidoku) by warriors interested in matters of leadership and statecraft.
Commentaries such as the Heike monogatari hyōban hidenshō were linked with educational
settings throughout the Edo period: in the 17th c. they were used for lectures to
daimyo lords, and in the 18th–19th cc. they were found in domain schools (hankō) since
their content made them suitable for educating young warriors.