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The Miura family (三浦氏 Miura-shi?) was one of the branch families descended from the Taira clan. They held large fiefs, and great political influence. They were one of the primary opponents of the Hōjō family of regents, in the mid-13th century, and again at the beginning of the 16th. It remains a common family name in Japan today.
The Miura clan supported Minamoto no Yoritomo in the foundation of the Kamakura shogunate, but were later annihilated by Hōjō Tokiyori in 1247. However, the family name was reassigned to a supporter of the Hōjō clan, and the Miura continued to rule Miura Peninsula through the Muromachi period until their defeat at Arai Castle in a 1518 attack by Hōjō Sōun.
Members of the Miura clan:
- Miura Yasumura – member of Council of State, and signer of Jōei Formulary
- Miura Yoshiaki – grandfather to Minamoto no Yoshihira
- Miura Yoshizumi – am ally to Minamoto no Yoshitsune at the Battle of Dan-no-ura, 1185
- Miura Yoshimura – a Minamoto ally during the Jōkyū War of 1221
- Miura Dosun Yoshiatsu
- Miura Yoshimoto – the son of Miura Yoshiatsu. Both are said to have committed seppuku in 1516 when the Arai castle was stormed, with Yoshimoto decapitating himself.
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