Fujiwara no Yasuhira

Fujiwara no Yasuhira

Fujiwara no Yasuhira

Fujiwara no Yasuhira (藤原 泰衡) was a member of the Fujiwara Clan living from 1155-1189AD. He was the son of Fujiwara no Hidehira.

During his lifetime he is known to have betrayed his father who had given refuge to Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune was attacked, forcing him and all his warriors to commit suicide in the Battle of Koromogawa. Later Minamoto no Yoritomo tried to have him punished but he flees to Hokkaido. In Hokkaido he is then assassinated by one of his warriors called Kawada no Jirō in 1189 in battle against Minamoto no Yoritomo.

His head was found under the main alter of Konjiki-dō at Chūson-ji, Hiraizumi, with his body found alongside his father Hidehira, grand-father Motohira and great grand-father Kiyohira.1


1. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.

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