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Battle of Koromo River
Date 1189
Location Northern Japan
Result Minamoto no Yoritomo victory
Minamoto no Yoritomo Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Minamoto no Yoritomo Minamoto no Yoshitsune

The Battle of Koromo River took place during the opening years of the Kamakura period (12th century) of Japan.

Minamoto no Yoritomo owed his ascension to the title of Shogun to the victories won by his brother, Yoshitsune. Yoritomo became jealous of his brother as a result. Yoritomo banished Yoshitsune and then pursued him to the northern reaches of Japan. Yoritomo defeated Yoshitsune and his compatriot, Saito Musashibō Benkei.[1] Throughout the battle, Benkei defended his lord. Benkei supposedly died standing up, which caused great fear in his enemies. Yoshitsune himself committed suicide at the end of the battle.


  1. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (2002). "IV Battles and Sieges". in John Gilbert. The Samurai Sourcebook (2000 Edition Reprint ed.). London: Cassell & Co. pp. 205. ISBN 1-85409-523-4.  


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