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Minamoto no Yorinobu, born into the influential Minamoto clan as the son of the esteemed statesman Minamoto no Mitsunaka, held significant roles such as acting governor of ten provinces, Commander in Chief, and Defender of the Northern Districts. Mitsunaka was one of the most prosperous and influential courtiers during the Heian period.

As a samurai commander aligned with the Fujiwara regents, Yorinobu utilized his military prowess to carry out the orders of both the Fujiwara and the court.

The Konjaku Monogatarishu, a 12th-century compilation of historical records spanning 31 volumes and over 1,000 articles, partly documents Yorinobu's exploits. The anthology recounts Yorinobu's suppression of an uprising led by Taira no Tadatsune, the Vice Governor of Kazusa Province (modern-day Chiba Prefecture). Tadatsune sought to expand his land holdings through attacks on neighboring provinces.

Initially reluctant due to personal reasons, Yorinobu declined the order to quell the uprising. In his stead, Taira no Naokata and Nakahara Narimichi were dispatched, but both failed to fulfill the directive. Consequently, the Imperial Court once again summoned Yorinobu to take action. However, before Yorinobu's forces could engage, Taira no Tadatsune, realizing his inferiority, surrendered. The rebellion was thus subdued with minimal conflict.

This success enhanced not only Yorinobu's standing at the Imperial Court but also expanded the influence of the Minamoto clan.

Minamoto no Yorinobu passed away on June 1, 1048, at the age of 79. His final resting place is at the Tsuhou-ji Temple in Habikino, Osaka.

 


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