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3-Day Model Trip FOCUS / The Fujiwaras of Oshu

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3-Day Model Trip FOCUS / Northern Tohoku / The Fujiwaras of Oshu

The Fujiwaras were a great family from Oshu, who prospered in the 11th and 12th centuries. From the riches brought by gold and lacquer produced in this district, the first, second and third generations - Fujiwara Kiyohira, Fujiwara Motohira and Fujiwara Hidehira - flourished. But in 1189, the fourth head of the family, Fujiwara Yasuhira, attacked Minamoto-no Yoshitsune, the younger brother of Minamoto-no Yoritomo, who had become the first of the Kamakura shoguns. Because of this, Yoritomo destroyed the family, bringing an end to this golden era of culture.