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RYUMONJI Temple Near RYUMON Village
_________________ SENJUIN YOSHIYUKI KEN-PO 1213 |_______________________________
joined the still obscure TAIRA KIYOMORI in the 1156
HOGEN War against his own father and 7 foot giant
brother, TAMETOMO - who
could catapult spears with his bow. See Sword of Yoshitomo
YOSHITOMO was in support of GO-SHIRAKAWA, Emperor TOBA's legitimate choice over brother, SUTOKU who refused to quit his temporary reign - demanding his own son raised.
A winning success at the HOGEN War was the beginning of KIYOMORI's great TAIRA influence.
KIYOMORI's lack of graces stood when he put YOSHITOMO's father, MINAMOTO TAMEYOSHI to death - there in the face of YOSHITOMO's plea to spare him.
As a result, three years later, YOSHITOMO banded with FUJIWARA NOBUYORI against the TAIRA in the HEIJI War. NOBUYORI's career had been scuttled at the behest of Imperial secretary, MICHINORI whose influence was solely his wife's nursing and puppeteering of Emperor GO-SHIRAKAWA.
The secretary was found hiding in a cave and put to death.
NOBUYORI took the reins of government, but returning TAIRA KIYOMORI set his capable son, SHIGEMORI against the rebels and crushed their insurrection.
NOBUYORI was beheaded and YOSHITOMO died in
|"The Battles of Hogen and Heiji (57.156.4-5)". Heilbrunn (October 2006)|
Normally, when one kills a father - and then kills his son, one hastens after loose strings...
|On the death of her husband, MINAMOTO
YOSHITOMO, TOKIWA GOZEN fled with her three boys, one
an infant, to the hidden serenity of RYUMON in the
YAMATO foothills, - finding the blank face of
...her only companion.
TAIRA KIYOMORI, the most powerful head of the
most powerful family in Japan, scoured the
But his rants fell on empty eyes - and silence.
With the arrest of her mother, TOKIWA surrendered herself. And KIYOMORI released her mother - and allowed her her sons. Her silly sons.
She had him a daughter ...before bowing away.
And her sons...
- They expunged his line from this earth.
|HEIJI Incident: NOBUYORI examines the Head|
Note: TAIRA SHIGEMORI is one of the most respected names in Japanese history. He constantly held his father in check while remaining loyal to TAIRA governance. He attained SAKON-E TAISHO. If he had lived, history would have flowed differently from the path created with his father, KIYOMORI. Above is SHIGEMORI's RADEN SHOKU "Mother-of-Pearl" Court TACHI.