A report on Battle of Minatogawa

Battle of Minatogawa
Troops disposition at Minatogawa

Battle of the Nanboku-chō Wars fought near the Minato River in Settsu Province (present day Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture) on 5 July 1336.

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Portrait of Kusunoki Masashige by Kanō Sanraku

Kusunoki Masashige

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Japanese samurai of the Kamakura period remembered as the ideal of samurai loyalty.

Japanese samurai of the Kamakura period remembered as the ideal of samurai loyalty.

Portrait of Kusunoki Masashige by Kanō Sanraku
Equestrian statue of Kusunoki Masashige outside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
The same statue from a different angle, close-up.
Equestrian statue of Kusunoki Masashige at the entrance to Kanshin-ji in Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture.

Kusunoki attacked Takauji in Settsu at the command of the Emperor, an act of obedience surely to result in defeat, and died at the Battle of Minatogawa in 1336.

Ashikaga Takauji

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The founder and first shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate.

The founder and first shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate.

Portrait traditionally identified as that of Ashikaga Takauji
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Tomb of Ashikaga Takauji at Tōji-in in Kyoto

At the decisive Battle of Minatogawa in 1336, Takauji defeated Yoshisada again and killed Masashige, allowing him to seize Kyoto for good.

Nitta Yoshisada

Nitta Yoshisada

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Samurai lord of the Nanboku-chō period Japan.

Samurai lord of the Nanboku-chō period Japan.

Nitta Yoshisada
Nitta Yoshisada offering his sword to Ryūjin

Yoshisada was defeated in the Battle of Minatogawa allowing Takauji to occupy Kyoto once again.

Emperor Go-Daigo

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The 96th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.

The 96th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.

Woodblock print triptych by Ogata Gekkō; Emperor Go-Daigo dreams of ghosts at his palace in Kasagiyama
Memorial Shinto shrine and mausoleum honoring Emperor Go-Daigo
Empress Kishi and Emperor Go-Daigo. From Taiheiki Emaki (c. 17th century), vol. 2, On the Lamentation of the Empress. Owned by Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore.
Japanese Imperial kamon — a stylized chrysanthemum blossom

Kusunoki's army was defeated at the Battle of Minatogawa.

Akamatsu Norimura.

Akamatsu Norimura

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Japanese samurai of the Akamatsu clan in the Muromachi period.

Japanese samurai of the Akamatsu clan in the Muromachi period.

Akamatsu Norimura.

Before the Battle of Minatogawa, his Shirahata castle was surrounded by Emperor Go-Daigo's large force led by Nitta Yoshisada but he held the castle over 50 days it helped Ashikaga Takauji regroup its forces in Kyushu.

Ashikaga Tadayoshi depicted in an Edo period print

Ashikaga Tadayoshi

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General of the Northern and Southern Courts period (1337–92) of Japanese history and a close associate of his elder brother Takauji, the first Muromachi shōgun.

General of the Northern and Southern Courts period (1337–92) of Japanese history and a close associate of his elder brother Takauji, the first Muromachi shōgun.

Ashikaga Tadayoshi depicted in an Edo period print

Turning against Go-Daigo, Tadayoshi and Takauji set up a rival emperor in 1336 after defeating the Loyalists in the Battle of Minatogawa.

Shirahata Castle

Shirahata Castle

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Remains of a Muromachi period Japanese castle structure located in the town of Kamigōri, Akō District, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Remains of a Muromachi period Japanese castle structure located in the town of Kamigōri, Akō District, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Shirahata Castle

After the Battle of Minatogawa, the victorious Muromachi shogunate rewarded the Akamatsu clan with the positions of shugo of Harima and of Settsu Provinces.

Kusunoki Masasue

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Samurai warlord during the Nanboku-chō period, and the younger brother of Kusunoki Masashige.

Samurai warlord during the Nanboku-chō period, and the younger brother of Kusunoki Masashige.

He died alongside his brother as part of the Battle of Minatogawa on July 5, 1336.

Main gate.

Minatogawa Shrine

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Main gate.

Minatogawa Shrine (湊川神社) is a Shinto shrine in Chūō-ku, Kobe, Japan, roughly on the site of the Battle of Minatogawa established in 1872.