Minamoto Clan

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Definition

The Minamoto clan was an extended family group which dominated Japanese government and the imperial court in the 12th and 13th centuries CE. The clan famously defeated their arch rivals the Taira in the Genpei War of 1180-1185 CE and included such famous figures as Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japan's first shogun ruler.

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Timeline

  • 968 - 1048
    Life of Minamoto no Yorinobu.
  • 988 - 1075
    Life of Minamoto no Yoriyoshi.
  • 1042 - 1103
    Life of the legendary Japanese warrior Minamoto no Yoshiie.
  • 1046
    Yorinobu claims Hachiman patron god and founder of the Minamoto clan in Japan.
  • 1096 - 1156
    Life of Minamoto no Tameyoshi.
  • 1123 - 1160
    Life of Minamoto no Yoshitomo.
  • 1147 - 1199
    Life of Minamoto no Yoritomo, clan leader of the Minamoto and first shogun of Japan.
  • 1154 - 1184
    Life of Minamoto no Yoshinaka.
  • 1156
    Hogen Disturbance in Japan.
  • 1159 - 1189
    Life of Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
  • 1160
    Heiji Disturbance in Japan.
  • 1180
    Taira forces defeat an army led by Minamoto no Yorimasa.
  • 1180 - 1185
    The Genpei War in Japan between the Taira and Minamoto clans.
  • 1181
    Taira forces defeat an army led by Minamoto no Yukie.
  • 1182 - 1204
    Life of Minamoto no Yorie.
  • 1183
    Japanese emperor Go-Shirakawa officially recognises the authority of Minamoto no Yoritomo in the Kanto region.
  • 1183
    Kiso Yoshinaka defeats a large Taira army at Kurikara in Etchu and occupies the Japanese capital Heiankyo (Kyoto).
  • 1185
    Battle of Dannoura where the Minamoto defeat the rival Taira. The young emperor Antoku drowns.
  • 1191
    The Shinto Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine is moved from Yuinogo to Kamakura, Japan by Minamoto no Yoritomo.
  • 1192 - 1219
    Life of Minamoto no Sanetomo.
  • 1195
    The Todaiji temple at Nara, Japan, is restored by the Minamoto clan.
  • 1202 - 1203
    Minamoto no Yorie is shogun of Japan.
  • 1203 - 1219
    Minamoto no Sanetomo is shogun of Japan.
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