At 15 Yoshitsune ran away from the monastery to join his older brother, Yoritomo, in the Honshu region of northern Japan. Despite his youth, Yoshitsune proved to be a military genius in the revolt Yoritomo had raised against Kiyomori. Provided with an army by Yoritomo, he was ordered to advance against the forces of his cousin Minamoto Yoshinaka, who threatened Yoritomo’s plans for domination of Japan. Victorious over Yoshinaka, Yoshitsune occupied Kyōto. He then attacked the remaining Taira forces along the Inland Sea, annihilating them in a famous naval battle during the spring of 1184.
While in Kyōto, Yoshitsune became a favourite of the Emperor and his court, arousing Yoritomo’s jealousy. Yoshitsune’s attempt to visit his brother in the northern city of Kamakura was rebuffed with a letter charging the younger man with having taken arbitrary actions during his campaigns. Yoshitsune then attempted to raise a rebellion against him with the aid of his uncle Minamoto Yukiie, but, failing, he was forced to flee.
Hunted by his brother’s soldiers, Yoshitsune wandered Japan for several years, often in the guise of a monk, before taking refuge with Fujiwara Hidehira, a powerful independent lord in northern Japan. When Hidehira died in 1187, after exacting a promise from his son to protect Yoshitsune, the son, fearful of Yoritomo, sent soldiers to surround Yoshitsune and force his suicide. His head was then sent to Yoritomo preserved in sake, but Yoritomo, who was seeking to consolidate and complete his conquests, destroyed the Fujiwara quarters, bringing all Japan under his control. #japan #samurai #instagood #photoftheday #fashion #beautiful #art #style #history #design #artist #soldier #warrior #awesome #yoshitsune #look #photography #outfit #picture #followme #tbt #followforfollowback #photo #bestoftheday #feudaljapan #honor #bushido #kyoto #Minamoto - 1 hour ago