Episode 151 – The Birth of the Samurai, Part 6


This week, we let slip the dogs of war as Japan plunges into a new phase of conflict. Though Prince Mochihito will not make it out of 1180, the rebellion he starts will catch on in eastern Japan. Young Minamoto no Yoritomo, with some prodding from his new father-in-law/captor, will rise up to assume his birthright as leader of the Minamoto (but not without some controversy).


Listen to the episode here.


McCullough, Helen. The Tale of the Heike.

Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334.

Adolphson, Michael. The Claws and Teeth of the Buddha.

Dalkey, Kara. Genpei.