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Hojo Takatoki

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The site where Takatoki and a number of others committed suicide in 1333 (Hôjô Takatoki Harakiri Yagura), a short distance from the grave of Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo, in Kamakura.

Hôjô Takatoki was the 14th and last of the Hôjô clan regents (shikken). He was forced to commit suicide during the 1333 fall of Kamakura to pro-Imperial forces led by Nitta Yoshisada on behalf of Emperor Go-Daigo.

Takatoki became regent in 1310.

The site where Takatoki and other members of the Hôjô clan killed themselves can still be found today, a few tens of meters from the grave of Minamoto no Yoritomo, but Takatoki was afterwards entombed at the Zen temple Engaku-ji founded by his grandfather Hôjô Tokimune.

References

  • Arai Hakuseki, Joyce Ackroyd (trans.), Told Round a Brushwood Fire, University of Tokyo Press (1979), 312n48.
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