Minamoto no Tameyoshi

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Minamoto no Tameyoshi
源 為義
Minamoto no Tameyoshi, from the collection of Shiramine Jingū
Head of Kawachi Genji
Succeeded byMinamoto no Yoshitomo
Personal details
DiedAugust 17, 1156(1156-08-17) (aged 59–60)
Resting placeGongen-ji, in Sujakuurahata-chō, Shimodagyō-ku, Kyōto
SpouseDaughter of Fujiwara no Tadakiyo
ChildrenMinamoto no Yoshitomo (son)
Minamoto no Tametomo (son)
Minamoto no Yukiie (son)
Military service
AllegianceMinamoto clan
Branch/serviceMinamoto clan
Battles/warsHōgen Rebellion

Minamoto no Tameyoshi (源 為義, 1096 – August 17, 1156) was head of the Minamoto clan during his lifetime, and son of Minamoto no Yoshichika, son of Minamoto no Yoshiie. He led the Minamoto in the Hōgen Rebellion. Tameyoshi is also known as Mutsu Shirō (陸奥 四郎).

Though he was most famous for his involvement in the Hōgen Rebellion, Minamoto no Tameyoshi is also said to have intervened in a number of other conflicts earlier in his life. Around 1113, the ongoing rivalry between the warrior monks of Mii-dera and Enryaku-ji erupted into outright violence in the streets of Kyoto. Though the palace guard mobilized quickly to protect the Emperor, it is said that Tameyoshi, with a handful of mounted samurai, drove the mobs away himself.[1]

Upon being defeated in the Hōgen Rebellion, Tameyoshi took the tonsure and was released into the custody of his son Minamoto no Yoshitomo who then had him beheaded.[1]: 256  This was an unprecedented breaking of Buddhist values in Japan, yet no one in the court berated Yoshitomo for his actions at the time until after his death.


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  1. ^ a b Sansom, George (1958). A history of Japan to 1334. Stanford University Press. pp. 272–273. ISBN 0804705232.
  • trans. Varley, Paul H. (1980). "A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns 'Jinnō Shōtōki' of Kitabatake Chikafusa". New York: Columbia University Press.