Wanna be an evangelist of Japanese culture: Taira no Kiyomori

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Taira no Kiyomori

Taira no Kiyomori was a SAMURAI who lived in the Heian era.
He was a lower class samurai in his youth.
However, he made his daughters marry Tennou(The emperor of Japan) or nobles, so that he rose rapidly in the world.
At last, he was promoted to the government's chief minister.
He appointed the members of his clan to the important posts of the Imperial Court one after another.

As they got higher position, they became more arrogant.
For this reason, they were ruined by Minamoto no Yoritomo after Kiyomori died.
He is known as not only a samurai but also a businessman who succeeded the international trade.
He performed large-scale trade with China and built the wealth, and it became the base of economic power of his clan.