Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fact of the Day: Emperor Antoku

During the 12th century, there was a war in Japan called the Genpei War. Two clans disputed the reign of Emperor Antoku on the Imperial Throne. The war ended at the Battle of Dannoura, which saw a victory for the Minamoto (Genji) clan.  The opposing side, the Taira Clan supported the Emperor who at the time was only eight years old. When it was clear that they lost the battle at sea, Antoku's grandmother took her Emperor grandson and threw themselves in the sea rather than to be captured. 

19 comments:

Dixie@dcrelief said...

OMG - into the sea! Scary!

Christine said...

oh dear, terrible

Kati said...

And that little boy had no idea what was happening...

-Kati

Pilar Domínguez said...

Only 8!!this was quite common for kings in these past.Happy day:)

Bob Bushell said...

One way to learn how to swim!

Moscow Blogger said...

Thanks for shearing, dear!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wow, that's awful...

DEZMOND said...

how dare those minions oppose the imperial throne???? :)

Pat Hatt said...

Awful indeed, but maybe they swam away

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Not a fate anyone would want

stephen Hayes said...

There's always a downside to being born privileged. In this case--death.

Sakuranko said...

Wow that grandma very scary!
xx

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RaeAbigael said...

omg. he's only 8! but still, one must make choices in order to live and survive.

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Elisabeth said...

I've always been very fascinated with Japan, I hope I get to travel there one day. Have you been there? Thanks for stopping by my blog Adam and leaving me such a supporting comment :)

xxx
E from Helsinki, Finland
http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.fi/

Maude Lynn said...

Well that's a bit drastic!

Mary Kirkland said...

I guess that might have been better than being captured and not knowing what sort of torture they'd go through before death anyway.

Kay said...

Legend has it that crabs in the region now have faces of those who died on their shells.

Kay said...

I just looked it up about the crabs. Here is the web address:
http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/legend-heikegani-samurai-ghost-crabs-002049

bj said...

OMGOSH.....