Saitō no Musashibō Benkei (155–1189), popularly called Benkei, was a Japanese warrior monk (sōhei) who served Minamoto no Yoshitsune. #samurai #japan

Saitō no Musashibō Benkei popularly called Benkei, was a Japanese warrior monk (sōhei) who served Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

This is a painting of the legendary samurai warrior Yoshitsune no Minamoto defeating an enemy on the battlefield. As a main character in the Tale of Heike, Yoshitsune acted as the military commander for the Minamoto clan and was known for his fearlessness and sharp wits. The following quote from the Tale of Heike describes his attitude and virtues: "In battle, what I like is to attack flat out and win". He ended up leading the Minamoto forces to a number of great victories. -N Hoang

This is a painting of the legendary samurai warrior Yoshitsune no Minamoto defeating an enemy on the battlefield. As a main character in the Tale of Heike, Yoshitsune acted as the military commander for the Minamoto clan and was known for his fearlessness and sharp wits. The following quote from the Tale of Heike describes his attitude and virtues: "In battle, what I like is to attack flat out and win". He ended up leading the Minamoto forces to a number of great victories. -N Hoang

This violent scene is a depiction of the Battle of Dan-no-ura, at which Minamoto no Yoshitsune can be seen on the right jumping from ship to ship in an attempt to evade commander Taira no Noritsune. His maneuvers in the battle brought the Minamoto clan victory and power, especially for his brother Minamoto no Yoritomo, who would lead the family as the first Kamakura Shogunate. -B.Ro

This violent scene is a depiction of the Battle of Dan-no-ura, at which Minamoto no Yoshitsune can be seen on the right jumping from ship to ship in an attempt to evade commander Taira no Noritsune. His maneuvers in the battle brought the Minamoto clan victory and power, especially for his brother Minamoto no Yoritomo, who would lead the family as the first Kamakura Shogunate. -B.Ro

This picture depicts a scene in the battle of Dannoura. The women on the left is Taira no Tokuko, who is the daughter of Taira no Kiyomori and the mother of the Emperor Antoku. The man on the right is Minamoto no Yoshitsune. During the battle, after the Emperor Antoku committed suicide, Tokuko tried to suicide as well, but she did not die because "she was rescued from the sea with a rake by the lieutenant of the Right Horse Bureau Gengo, who was Yoshitsune's follower." (Azuma Kagami)…

This picture depicts a scene in the battle of Dannoura. The women on the left is Taira no Tokuko, who is the daughter of Taira no Kiyomori and the mother of the Emperor Antoku. The man on the right is Minamoto no Yoshitsune. During the battle, after the Emperor Antoku committed suicide, Tokuko tried to suicide as well, but she did not die because "she was rescued from the sea with a rake by the lieutenant of the Right Horse Bureau Gengo, who was Yoshitsune's follower." (Azuma Kagami)…

The armour or O-yoroi depicted in the image above is thought to be used by Minamoto no Yoshitsune. The O-yoroi originated during the late Heian period, but came into prominence during the Genpai War in the 12th century. In The Tale of the Heike, Euro Tayu no Hogan Yoshitsune was attired in hitatare and a suit of armor as he announced his name in a mighty voice before the battle against the Taira clan. -J. Sumarsono

The armour or O-yoroi depicted in the image above is thought to be used by Minamoto no Yoshitsune. The O-yoroi originated during the late Heian period, but came into prominence during the Genpai War in the 12th century. In The Tale of the Heike, Euro Tayu no Hogan Yoshitsune was attired in hitatare and a suit of armor as he announced his name in a mighty voice before the battle against the Taira clan. -J. Sumarsono

This painting depicts the decisive naval Battle of Dannoura of the Genpei War in 1185, which was fought between the fleets of the Taira (red; left) and Minamoto (white; right) clans. These battles consisted of long-range archery exchanges when enemy vessels were distant and hand-to-hand combat involving swords and daggers as opponents neared each other. The Minamoto clan, led by Minamoto no Yoshitsune, was able to defeat the Taira clan as the tides changed to turn in the Genji’s favor. —J…

This painting depicts the decisive naval Battle of Dannoura of the Genpei War in 1185, which was fought between the fleets of the Taira (red; left) and Minamoto (white; right) clans. These battles consisted of long-range archery exchanges when enemy vessels were distant and hand-to-hand combat involving swords and daggers as opponents neared each other. The Minamoto clan, led by Minamoto no Yoshitsune, was able to defeat the Taira clan as the tides changed to turn in the Genji’s favor. —J…

Minamoto no Yoshitsune in full armor and surcoat seated on a tiger-skin with his hand on an armrest

Minamoto no Yoshitsune is possibly the most famous and beloved samurai in Japan. (In the book we call him Genji.

Replica of the Hachiryô by modern armorer Miura Suke´ichi. The Hachiryô the most famous of the armors of the Genji-hachiryô, the eight armors of the Minamoto. It is said that Yoshitsune presented this armor to Kobayashi Jingo Muneyuki for his achievements in the Battle of Yashima. The armor received its name from the its decorations in the form of the Eight Great Dragon Kings (hachi-dairyû-ô, 八大龍王). -J. Villanueva

Replica of the Hachiryô by modern armorer Miura Suke´ichi. The Hachiryô the most famous of the armors of the Genji-hachiryô, the eight armors of the Minamoto. It is said that Yoshitsune presented this armor to Kobayashi Jingo Muneyuki for his achievements in the Battle of Yashima. The armor received its name from the its decorations in the form of the Eight Great Dragon Kings (hachi-dairyû-ô, 八大龍王). -J. Villanueva

This is a scroll painting, that portrays the Minamoto General Yoshitsune. The painting, clearly portrays the confidence and power that Yoshitsune holds within himself all the time. Everything from his horse to the size of his armor makes Yoshitsune seem bigger than life and throughout the Heike Monogatari there are scenes that make him seem bigger than life. Behind him are two advisers discussing with him possible plans for what to do next. J.S. Franco

This is a scroll painting, that portrays the Minamoto General Yoshitsune. The painting, clearly portrays the confidence and power that Yoshitsune holds within himself all the time. Everything from his horse to the size of his armor makes Yoshitsune seem bigger than life and throughout the Heike Monogatari there are scenes that make him seem bigger than life. Behind him are two advisers discussing with him possible plans for what to do next. J.S. Franco

Illustration of Nasu no Yoichi preparing to take aim at a fan, a target that the Taira had setup 250ft away as a challenge. Yoshitsune ordered Yoichi to accept the challenge. Before firing, Yoichi vows to "smash my bow and kill myself" if he missed the target. Yoichi hits the target and both the Taira and Minamoto cheer. As part of the celebration, a Taira dancer begins performing. Yoshitsune then orders Yoichi to kill the dancer, and Yoichi does, leaving the Taira speechless. -J. Villanueva

Illustration of Nasu no Yoichi preparing to take aim at a fan, a target that the Taira had setup 250ft away as a challenge. Yoshitsune ordered Yoichi to accept the challenge. Before firing, Yoichi vows to "smash my bow and kill myself" if he missed the target. Yoichi hits the target and both the Taira and Minamoto cheer. As part of the celebration, a Taira dancer begins performing. Yoshitsune then orders Yoichi to kill the dancer, and Yoichi does, leaving the Taira speechless. -J. Villanueva

Illustration of the battle at Yashima. The Minamoto forces (right), are chasing the Taira forces (left) out to sea on their horses. The Taira are fleeing in their boats, in a panicked state, and they launch a barrage of arrows intending to kill Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune survives the barrage, but only because his warriors gave their lives to protect him from the arrows. Noritsune launches another barrage of arrows and kills another 10 warriors including Tsuginobu. -J. Villanueva

Illustration of the battle at Yashima. The Minamoto forces (right), are chasing the Taira forces (left) out to sea on their horses. The Taira are fleeing in their boats, in a panicked state, and they launch a barrage of arrows intending to kill Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune survives the barrage, but only because his warriors gave their lives to protect him from the arrows. Noritsune launches another barrage of arrows and kills another 10 warriors including Tsuginobu. -J. Villanueva

This is The Battle at Yashima between the Minamoto clan and the Taira clan. It was Yoshitsune's plan to enact a surprise attack that included a strategy similar to a blitzkrieg of combining archery off the boat and horses rushing on the shore to charge into Taira stronghold from the rear. Yoshitsune's strategic attack allowed for him to remain on the offensive and eventually seize the stronghold and capture Taira's clan head, Munemori. P. Tran

This is The Battle at Yashima between the Minamoto clan and the Taira clan. It was Yoshitsune's plan to enact a surprise attack that included a strategy similar to a blitzkrieg of combining archery off the boat and horses rushing on the shore to charge into Taira stronghold from the rear. Yoshitsune's strategic attack allowed for him to remain on the offensive and eventually seize the stronghold and capture Taira's clan head, Munemori. P. Tran

Battle of Yashima - With the onset of the Battle of Yashima, this gold gilded paper treasures one of the richest moments between the Minamoto and Taira.  Illustrated on panels 4-6, the famous Yoichi takes up the challenge of striking the fan to preserve the pride of the Genji.  The Taira wail in retreat as Yoshitsune's forces overwhelm the shores, already deciding the tide of battle.  - J Barro.

Battle of Yashima - With the onset of the Battle of Yashima, this gold gilded paper treasures one of the richest moments between the Minamoto and Taira. Illustrated on panels 4-6, the famous Yoichi takes up the challenge of striking the fan to preserve the pride of the Genji. The Taira wail in retreat as Yoshitsune's forces overwhelm the shores, already deciding the tide of battle. - J Barro.

This painting depicts Yoshitsune's warriors charging (drawn on the right) towards the enemy Taira forces (left) who have retreated to their boats off shore. As the Minamoto force chase the Taira into the water with their horses, the Taira respond with a barrage of arrows. In defense, a group of warriors sacrificed themselves by shielding Yoshitsune with their own bodies. Yoshitsune is moved to tears with the death of Tsuginobu, one of the fallen men who had protected him. -N Hoang

This painting depicts Yoshitsune's warriors charging (drawn on the right) towards the enemy Taira forces (left) who have retreated to their boats off shore. As the Minamoto force chase the Taira into the water with their horses, the Taira respond with a barrage of arrows. In defense, a group of warriors sacrificed themselves by shielding Yoshitsune with their own bodies. Yoshitsune is moved to tears with the death of Tsuginobu, one of the fallen men who had protected him. -N Hoang

Japanese Tachi Sword Minamoto-no Yoshitsune Samurai Katana Metal Blade $148.00 (eBay.image) 01.18 #2/2

Japanese Tachi Sword Minamoto-no Yoshitsune Samurai Katana Metal Blade $148.00 (eBay.image) 01.18 #2/2

First MK related sketch: Yoshitsune Minamoto (now Liu Kang) by John Tobias MK Bio

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First MK related sketch: Yoshitsune Minamoto (now Liu Kang) by John Tobias MK Bio

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