Ichi-no-Tani (一の谷) was a Taira fortress at Suma, to the west of present-day Kobe, Japan. It sat on a very narrow strip of shore, between mountains on the North, and the sea to the South. This made it quite defensible, but also made it difficult to manoeuvre troops inside the fortress. Minamoto no Yoshitsune split his force in three. Noriyori’s […]Read more ›
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The Battle of Ishibashiyama (石橋山の戦い) was the first in which Minamoto Yoritomo, who was to become shogun less than a decade later, was commander of the Minamoto forces. The battle was fought on September 14, 1180 in the southwest of present-day Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture near Yoritomo’s headquarters at Kamakura. In this, his first attempt to challenge the Taira, Yoritomo was […]Read more ›
Historical Events Today: 1192-Minamoto Yoritomo Becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the De Facto Ruler of Japan.
Minamoto no Yoritomo (源 頼朝, May 9, 1147 – February 9, 1199) was the founder and the first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate of Japan. He ruled from 1192 until 1199. Early life and exile (1147–1180): Yoritomo was the third son of Minamoto no Yoshitomo, heir of the Minamoto (Seiwa Genji) clan, and his official wife, a daughter of Fujiwara […]Read more ›
Emperor Go-Horikawa (後堀河天皇 Go-Horikawa-tennō) (March 22, 1212 – August 31, 1234) was the 86th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. This reign spanned the years from 1221 through 1232. This 13th century sovereign was named after the 10th century Emperor Horikawa and go- (後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later […]Read more ›