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1. Tachibana clan (kuge)This article is about the Tachibana (橘) clan of court nobles.  For the Tachibana (立花) samurai clan, see Tachibana clan (samurai). The Tachibana clan (橘氏) was one of the four most powerful kuge (court nobility) families in Japan's Nara and early Heian periods. Members of the Tachibana family often held high court posts within the Daijō-kan (Ministry of State), most frequently Sadaijin (Minister of the Left).
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