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Arriving in the land of the dead, Akamoto learns that he must wait centuries before he can be judged worthy to enter the afterlife. Unwilling to wait he rallies other discontent Samurai and makes to enter the afterlife by force. Battling the forces of the Shogun of the Dead, the ruler of the afterlife, he finds that they are taking orders from an impostor claiming to be him.
He is shocked to discover it is none other than his lieutenant, Kurokawa, who reveals that it was he who killed Akamoto. Kurokawa, despite dying after Akamoto having tripped and fallen on a spear arrived in the after life before him, stealing his identity and the position that had been reserved for him by the Shogun.
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Akamoto battles the Shogun's Generals through the four regions of the afterlife, as well as meeting the gods of each region: General Romeoka and the goddess Sakura, whom he is infatuated with, in the land of Eternal Blossoms. Unlike the others Higure recognizes Akamoto for who he is and attempts to guide him, warning of a greater danger. Confronting Kurokawa it is revealed that he and the Ice Goddess Yuki plan to usurp the Shogun the danger Higure warned ofand that Yuki slowed Akamoto's arrival, allowing Kurokawa to arrive and steal his identity.
Akamoto defeats them and the Shogun arrives, revealing that he knew of their treachery and had been using them to test Akamoto.
Punishing the two the Shogun explains that he intends to make Akamoto his successor challenging him to defeat him and take his place. After his defeat the Shogun passes the title onto Akamoto, revealing the eternity of misery it entails: He also confirms the biwa connection of that blind man, who "was natural from the eastern tract", and who was sent from Yukinaga to "recollect some information about samurai, about their bows, their horses and their war strategy.
Yukinaga wrote it after that". However, in the end, as the tale is the result of a long oral tradition, there is no single true author; Yukinaga is only one possibility of being the first to compile this masterpiece into a written form. Moreover, as it is true that there are frequent steps back, and that the style is not the same throughout the composition, this cannot mean anything but that it is a collective work.
July Learn how and when to remove this template message The story of the Heike was compiled from a collection of oral stories recited by traveling monks who chanted to the accompaniment of the biwa, an instrument reminiscent of the lute.
The most widely read version of the Heike monogatari was compiled by a blind monk named Kakuichi in The Heike is considered one of the great classics of medieval Japanese literature. The central theme of the story is the Buddhist law of impermanencespecifically in the form of the fleeting nature of fortune, an analog of sic transit gloria mundi. Ogoreru mono mo hisashikarazu, tada haru no yo no yume no gotoshi.
Takeki mono mo tsui ni wa horobin uhitoeni kaze no mae no chiri ni onaji. The proud do not endure, they are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust before the wind.
The second concept evident in the Tale of the Heike is another Buddhist idea, karma. The concept of karma says that every action has consequences that become apparent later in life.
Thus, karma helps to deal with the problem of both moral and natural evil. Evil acts in life will bring about an inevitable suffering later in life.
This can be seen clearly with the treatment of Kiyomori in The Tale of the Heike, who is cruel throughout his life, and later falls into a painful illness that kills him. Classic military tale[ edit ] This section does not cite any sources. July Learn how and when to remove this template message The fall of the powerful Taira — the samurai clan who defeated the imperial-backed Minamoto in —symbolizes the theme of impermanence in the Heike.
The Taira warrior family sowed the seeds of their own destruction with acts of arrogance and pride that led to their defeat in at the hands of the revitalized Minamoto. The story is episodic in nature and designed to be told in a series of nightly installments. It is primarily a samurai epic focusing on warrior culture — an ideology that ultimately laid the groundwork for bushido the way of the warrior.
The Heike also includes a number of love stories, which harkens back to earlier Heian literature. The story is roughly divided into three sections. The central figure of the first section is Taira no Kiyomori who is described as arrogant, evil, ruthless and so consumed by the fires of hatred that even in death his feverish body does not cool when immersed in water.
The main figure of the second section is the Minamoto general Minamoto no Yoshinaka. After he dies the main figure of the third section is the great samurai, Minamoto no Yoshitsunea military genius who is falsely accused of treachery by his politically astute elder brother Minamoto no Yoritomo. The Tale of the Heike has provided material for many later artistic works ranging from Noh plays to woodblock printsand is also referenced in modern works.
Monogatari historiography[ edit ] The Japanese have developed a number of complementary strategies for capturing, preserving and disseminating the essential elements of their commonly-accepted national history — chronicles of sovereigns and events, biographies of eminent persons and personalities, and the military tale or gunki monogatari.
This last form evolved from an interest in recording the activities of military conflicts in the late 12th century. In each of these familiar monogatari, the central figures are popularly well known, the major events are generally understood, and the stakes as they were understood at the time are conventionally accepted as elements in the foundation of Japanese culture.
The accuracy of each of these historical records has become a compelling subject for further study; and some accounts have been shown to withstand close scrutiny, while other presumed "facts" have turned out to be inaccurate. Rather than focusing on the Genpei warriors as they actually were, but rather upon the " The chapter describes the rise of the Taira clan and early conflicts at the court.
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The first Taira who gets access to the Imperial court is Taira no Tadamori The Taira clan members occupy major government positions, Kiyomori's daughter becomes the Emperor's wife, and more than half of all the provinces are under their control.
Kiyomori and the Taira even dare to conflict with the powerful Regent, Fujiwara no Motofusa. Hearing a rumor about a possible attack on Enryaku-ji, one of the Shishi-no-tani conspirators informs Taira no Kiyomori of the plot. Kiyomori is angered by the participation of the Retired Emperor in the plot and prepares to arrest him. Taira no Shigemorithe eldest virtuous son of Kiyomori, successfully admonishes his father by reminding him of the Confucian value of loyalty to the Emperor.
Major Counselor Fujiwara no Narichika is exiled to an island and cruelly executed. People believe these troubles to be signs of the Taira decline. Those exiled to Kikaijima build a shrine where they pray for return to capital. They make a thousand stupas Buddhist wooden objects with their names and throw them into the sea.
One of the pieces reaches the shore. It is brought to the capital and shown to Yasuyori's family. Chapter 3[ edit ] The illness of Kiyomori's pregnant daughter, Taira no Tokukois attributed to angry spirits of the executed such as Fujiwara no Narichika and the exiled.
Taira no Kiyomori, interested in becoming a grandfather of the Imperial prince, agrees to a general amnesty. Fujiwara no Narichika's son Naritsune and Yasuyori are pardoned, but Shunkan is left alone on Kikaijima for letting the anti-Taira conspirators gather at his villa. A famous tragic scene follows when Shunkan beats his feet on the ground in despair. Kiyomori's daughter Tokuko gives birth to the future Emperor Antoku Hearing the news of his family's death, Shunkan kills himself by fasting His suffering as well as the whirlwind that strikes the capital are seen as signs of the fall of the Taira.
Kiyomori's virtuous son, Taira no Shigemori, goes on a pilgrimage to Kumano and asks the gods for a quick death if the Taira are to fall. In a short while, he falls ill and dies. He leads soldiers to Kyoto where he exiles or dismisses 43 top court officials including Regent Fujiwara no Motofusa.
Chapter 4[ edit ] Emperor Takakura is forced to retire and Emperor Antoku, Kiyomori's grandson, age 3, becomes the new Emperor.IGN Reviews - Skulls of the Shogun Video Review
Prince Mochihito issues an anti-Taira call to arms. The open conflict between the Minamoto and the Taira is triggered by Kiyomori's son Taira no Munemori humiliating Minamoto no Yorimasa's son by taking away his horse and calling it by the owner's name.
Taira no Kiyomori discovers the anti-Taira plot. Prince Mochihito avoids arrest by fleeing from the capital to Miidera. Yorimasa and the Miidera monks fight with Taira forces at the bridge over the Uji River Despite bravery of the monks, Taira forces cross the river and win the battle. One of the Prince Mochihito's sons is forced to become a monk, but the other son flees north to join the Minamoto forces.
Kiyomori gives orders to burn the Miidera temple. Many temples are burned and people see it as a bad omen for the Taira. Strange ghosts appear to Kiyomori a face, laughter, skulls, ominous dreams.
News of unrest in the eastern provinces controlled by the Minamoto reaches the new capital. A story about the monk Mongaku is inserted as a background to Minamoto no Yoritomo's revolt. Mongaku is an ascetic with strange powers who requested donations at the court in Kiyomori sends a military expedition to put down the rebellion of Yoritomo.
When they reach the Fuji Riverthe Taira forces hear stories about the might of eastern warriors and fear that Minamoto forces outnumber them. At night, a flock of birds rises with great noise and the Taira forces, thinking that they are attacked, retreat in panic.
Kiyomori, under pressure from temples and courtiers, moves the capital back to Kyoto. Retired Emperors and courtiers lament the destruction of Nara. This evil deed is believed to lead to Kiyomori's downfall. Chapter 6[ edit ] InRetired Emperor Takakura, dies troubled by the events of the last several years. Kiso no Yoshinaka cousin of Minamoto no Yoritomo in the northwestern provinces plans a rebellion against the Taira and raises an army.
The Taira have trouble dealing with all the rebellions. To make things worse for the Taira, their leader, Taira no Kiyomorifalls ill. His body is hot as fire and no water can cool him.
Water sprayed on his body turns to flames and black smoke that fills the room. Before dying in agony, Kiyomori makes a wish to have the head of Minamoto no Yoritomo hung before his grave. His death inage 64 highlights the themes of impermanence and fall of the mighty. Kiyomori's evil deeds will become his torturers in Hell. His fame and power turned to smoke and dust.
In the east, Taira forces are successful in some battles, but are not able to defeat the Minamoto forces. Divine forces punish and kill the governor appointed by Kiyomori to put down Kiso no Yoshinaka's rebellion. Kiso no Yoshinaka wins a major battle at Yokotagawara Taira no Munemori, the leader of the Taira clan, is conferred a high rank in the court administration. Chapter 7[ edit ] Inthe Taira gather a large army mainly from western provinces and send it against Minamoto no Yoshinaka and Minamoto no Yoritomo.
Going north, Taira armies pillage local villages. Taira no Tsunemasa visits an island to pray and compose a poem. At the Siege of Hiuchithe Taira get help from a loyal abbot and defeat Yoshinaka's garrisons. Yoshinaka writes a petition at the Hachiman Shrine to get divine help for the upcoming battle.
Yoshinaka attacks the Taira armies at night from the front and rear and forces them to retreat and descend to the Kurikara Valleywhere most of the 70, Taira riders are crushed piling up in many layers a famous "descent into Kurikara" — a major victory of Yoshinaka. At Shio-no-yama, Yoshinaka helps his uncle Yoshiie to defeat the Taira forces Kiyomori's son Tomonori is killed in the battle.
Taira armies are also defeated in the Battle of Shinohara. Yoshinaka wins Mount Hiei monks over to his side. Taira no Munemorihead of the Taira, flees to the western provinces with Emperor Antoku and the Imperial Regalia Retired Emperor Go-Shirakawa manages to escape in a different direction.
Taira no Tadanori Kiyomori's brother flees the capital leaving some of his poems to a famous poet Fujiwara no Shunzei. Tsunemasa returns a famous lute to the Ninna-ji. He installs a new emperor, Emperor Go-Tobaand puts the Taira out of government positions they are designated as rebels.