Minamoto no Yoriyoshi

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Minamoto.

Minamoto no Yoriyoshi (源 頼義?, 988 - August 27, 1075) was a head of Japan's Minamoto clan who is perhaps most notable for having led, along with his son Minamoto no Yoshiie, the Imperial forces against rebellious forces in the north. This campaign would be called the Zenkunen War, and would be followed some years later by the Gosannen War.

He held the title, passed down from his father, of Chinjufu-shogun, Commander-in-chief of the Defense of the North.

Yoriyoshi accompanied his father Minamoto no Yorinobu[1] on his own missions to defend the Empire, quelling rebellions and disturbances. Thus he gained much of his knowledge of tactics and strategy. The Zenkunen War in which he fought began in 1051 and lasted, with some brief breaks, twelve years. In 1063, Yoriyoshi founded Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū in Kamakura[2] which was to become, roughly a century later, the primary shrine of the Minamoto clan when they began the Kamakura shogunate.

His son was Minamoto no Yoshiie, who "would go on to be admired by his contemporaries as the greatest warrior."[1]

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  1. ^ a b Sato, Hiroaki (1995). Legends of the Samurai. Overlook Duckworth. p. 74-75. ISBN 9781590207307. 
  2. ^ 鶴岡八幡宮 "History of Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine" (in Japanese) retrieved on February 4, 2009


  • Sansom, George (1958). 'A History of Japan to 1334'. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.