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Minamoto Yorimitsu

 

 

Minamoto Yoriyoshi

 

Minamoto Yorimitsu (948-1021)  
Minamoto Yoriyoshi (988-1082) was a legend on his own right -- they said it took him five minutes to blast through a whole regiment.
     
Minamoto Yoshiie  

Yoriyoshi's son Minamoto Yoshiie (1039-1106) was worthy of daddy's name; to the Japanese of every generation since 1106 he has been known simply as 'Hachiman Taro' -- 'first son of the god of war'. People said Yoshiie fits in every inch to the nickname.

And this still be so even though the meaning of the name is actually rather 'civilian': 'the good house'. (Click here for Japanese names and their meanings).

 

 

 

 

Minamoto Yoritomo  in battle
according to a 19th century history book.
Minamoto Yoshitsune  as commander in battle
     

 

 

 

A fan of  Minamoto Yoshitsune
draws him as a mighty samurai cat
Minamoto Yoshitsune and his ever-faithful vassal Musashi-bo Benkei in one of the most famous exploit Yoshitsune ever committed: getting down the slope of Hiyodori near the Taira camp at the beach of Dan no Ura.
     

 

Hojo Masago

Minamoto Yoritomo's notorious wife, Lady Hojo Masako (sometimes the spelling reads 'Masago'), being depicted by a 2005 cartoonist in the state of having entered monastery after the husband's death. She and her equally infamous daddy kept on clawing for power. Even after being a nun, in her case, she still installed and overthrew new Emperors as often as you blink. Click here.

 

 

Even in the journey to exile that would get terminated by his brother Yoritomo's mercenaries pursuing him and all his family to death, Minamoto Yoshitsune's riding as if nothing had and nothing would happen. At least according to a 19th century sketch.

 

     

 

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