Battle of Awazu
|Battle of Awazu|
|Part of the Genpei War|
Tomoe Gozen defeats Uchida Ieyoshi and Hatakeyama Shigetada.
|Minamoto clan loyalists||Minamoto clan rebels|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Minamoto no Noriyori||Minamoto no Yoshinaka, Imai Kanehira, Tomoe Gozen|
Minamoto no Yoshinaka made his final stand at Awazu, after fleeing from his cousins' armies, which confronted him after he attacked Kyoto, burning the Hōjūjiden, and kidnapping Emperor Go-Shirakawa. During the pursuit he had joined up with his companion and milk brother Imai Kanehira at Seta; Kanehira became joint commander along with Yoshinaka.
During the battle, they fought valiantly, holding off Noriyori's large force of thousands of men for a time. However, in the end, they both died: Yoshinaka was struck dead by an arrow when his horse became mired in a paddy field, and after Kanehira heard that Yoshinaka had been killed, he committed suicide by leaping off his horse while holding his sword in his mouth.
- Sansom, George (1958). A History of Japan to 1334. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.
- Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. London: Cassell & Co.
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