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
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
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 flight.
obvious and permanent end to the great
TAIRA rival and last of the MINAMOTO.