Genpei War
1192 Dec 1


Kamakura, Japan

Key Findings:

  1. The defeat of the Taira armies meant the end of Taira "dominance at the capital".
  2. Minamoto Yoritomo formed the first bakufu and ruled as Japan's first shogun from his capital at Kamakura. This was the beginning of a feudal state in Japan, with real power now in Kamakura.
  3. Rise to power of the warrior class (samurai) and the gradual suppression of the power of the emperor - This war and its aftermath established red and white, the colors of the Taira and Minamoto standards, respectively, as Japan's national colors.