General Multimedia

(These are graphics and such that have no specific place within The Tale of Heike and so are listed here.)

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Pictures by Steve Zilles of Kumano Shrine

These are photographs of the various shrines at Kumano in Wakayama-ken. A website in English describing these various sites is: Kumano Jinja English Site


Ogura Lake in 1953 when it filled after a major typhoon.
Pre-modern map of Ogura Lake
Map (in Japanese) of major Gempei War battles Sites of major battles described in Tale of Heike chapters 1-5
Map of domains controlled by Kiso no Yoshinaka, Minamoto no Yoritomo and the Taira clan after Yoshinaka has captured the Capital (end of Chapter 8, beginning of Chapter 9). Map of the two-pronged attack on Ichi-no-tani in the first month of 1984 (Chapter 9).


Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181). Father Tadanori (or possibly Go-Shirakawa). Daughter Kenreimon'in married to Emp. Takakura and mother of Emp. Antoku. Final imperial appointment: Grand Prime Minister, First Rank. Taira no Shigemori (1137-1179). Father Kiyomori. Eldest son Koremori. Final imperial appointment: Minister of the Center, Second Rank.
Emperor Go-Shirakawa (1127-1192, r. 1155-1158, 77th emperor) Instigated the Hôgen Disturbance against Emp. Sutoku. After abdicating, maintained a cloistered government during the reign of five other emperors. Instrumental in the transition from Taira control of the imperial seat to the establishment of the Kamakura Bakufu government.
Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159–1189). 9th son of Yoshitomo. Fought successfully in the Ichi-no-tani, Yashima and Dan-no-ura campaigns but was later regarded with suspicion by his elder brother Yoritomo. (This is as it is told in The Tale of Heike. Historically, he was aligned with Go-Shirakawa against Yoritomo.) Hounded, he is later forced to commit suicide. He bacme the source for many plays, stories and legends.

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