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    Tales of Heike

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    the tragic fall of the Taira clan. During the Genpei war(1180-1185) two families battle for control over the capital, the Taira/Heike clan and the Genji/Minamoto clan. Although the majority of the tale highlights the defeats of the Heike clan, there are numerous tales of the downfalls of various warriors in the Minamoto clan. In book nine, chapter four titled “The Death of Lord Kiso” the reader is introduced to Lord Kiso or Minamoto Yoshinaka, a member of the Minamoto clan who was attacked and killed

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    Nō Dramas

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    Genji Monogatari, Ise Monogatari, and the Kokinshū. These two Nō plays are mainly based upon Heike monogatari and Genji monogatari. The Atsumori Nō drama was based from Heike Monogatari and the story of Atsumori of the Taira clan who was killed by Kumagai of the Minamoto clan. Like many other Nō plays, this one focuses on Buddhism and how a spirit that needs help moving on. This is accomplished usually by reciting the Lotus sutra and praying. There are some important psychological aspects too, such

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    Rise of Warriors

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    rise of the warrior class in the late Heian period, continuing until their the Meiji Restoration. The samurai were able to rise to power for a number of reasons, including the leadership and actions of notable warrior class families: the Taira, Minamoto and Hojo. Another factor leading to the rise of the warriors was the ideologies of the samurai – these qualities made them suitable leaders. Once the warrior class had obtained power, it was maintained through the use of bakufu who continued and

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    Samurai Power

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    The war lasted for 5 years from the year 1180 to 1185. The Minamoto fought hard with the Taira and in the end won the battle. During the first battle the Minamoto fought against the Taira with Monks on their side. The Minamoto clan lost, and their prince Mochihito and their commander in chief were killed in the battle. Prince Mochihito was most commonly remembered for starting the war. Some

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    Analysis of the Gempei War In May 1180 Prince Mochihito, the son of Retired emperor Go-Shirakawa, issued a statement urging the Minamoto to rise against the Taira. While Mochihito would be killed in June and Minamoto Yorimasa crushed at the Battle of the Uji, a fire had been set. In September Minamoto Yoritomo, who had recieved Mochihito's call from Miyoshi Yasukiyo, set about raising an army in the Province of Izu, where he had been in exile. There was an irony in the preceeding events, as

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    Funa benkei by Kanze Nobomitsu

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    Funa Benkei, or Benkei Aboard Ship, was written by Kanze Nobumitsu, and was based upon Gikeiki (‘Record of Yoshitsune’), which tells the story of a young Yoshitsune who, through his training, won the loyalty of the fearsome warrior-monk, Musashibou Benkei—the titicular character of this play. Funa Benkei is considerably modern compared to the other plays included in Japanese Noh Dramas, and is a fifth-category play (kiri-noh), which is current in all five schools of noh (Tyler, pg.83). The structure

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    japan

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    Fujiwara family controlled the political scene of the Heian period over several centuries through strategic intermarriages with the imperial family and by occupying all the important political offices in Kyoto and the major provinces. The power of the clan reached its peak with Fujiwara Michinaga in the year 1016. After Michinaga, however, the ability of the Fujiwara leaders began to decline, and public order could not be maintained. Many landowners hired samurai for the protection of their properties

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    Heike which was a war tale, with its author unknown due to different versions being passed down. The Tale of Heike is about the Minamoto family and the Taira family fighting for the control of Japan after the Genpei War (1180-1185) which was the end of the twelfth century. “The Tale of the Heike is a long narrative about the fall of the Taira clan and the victory of the Minamoto. It has no single author and was probably compiled from various oral sources, but it does present a c... ... middle of paper

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    Nō Drama – Atsumori & Nonomiya

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    Heike Monogatari, and the story happens in the late 12th century at Ichinotani, the place where Atsumori was killed by Kumagai no Jirō Naozane. In the Heike Monogatari, two large clans of Minamoto and Taira were fighting each other. Atsumori was a member of the Taira clan, while Kumagai was a member of the Minamoto clan. During the war, there was a battle occurred at Ichinotani. Kumagai eventually killed Atsumori when Atsumori was about to leave the region at the shore. Kumagai was sad because after

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    Japan

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    400, the Yamato clan, eventually based in Kyoto, managed to exact a control of the other family groups of central and western Japan. Korean contact introduced Buddhism to Japan. Through the 700's, China greatly influenced Japan, and there was an imperial court set up much similar to that of China. The authority of the Imperial court in the ensuing centuries was undermined, and various family clans vied for control. During this time, warrior clans were rising as a distinct clan known as samurai.

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