Battle of Uji (1180)
|First Battle of Uji|
|Part of the Genpei War|
The Phoenix Hall of the Byōdō-in, in front of which the battle took place.
|Minamoto clan||Taira clan|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Minamoto no Yorimasa†||Taira no Tomomori, Taira no Shigehira|
Three warrior monks in particular are named in the Heike Monogatari: Gochi-in no Tajima, Tsutsui Jōmyō Meishū, and Ichirai Hōshi. These three, along with the other monks of Mii-dera, fought with bow and arrow, a variety of swords and daggers, and naginata.
However, the Taira forces began to ford the river, and caught up with the Minamoto. Yorimasa tried to help the Prince get away, but was struck with an arrow.
He committed seppuku, setting a ritual precedent of committing suicide rather than surrendering, which would be honored up into World War II. This is the first known historical incident of this form of seppuku.
The Prince was captured and killed shortly afterwards by the Taira warriors.
- Sansom, George (1958). A History of Japan to 1334. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.
- Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. London: Cassell & Co.
- Turnbull, Stephen (2003). Japanese Warrior Monks AD 949-1603. Oxford: Osprey Publishing.
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