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Harakiri Yagura

The Kamakura Shogunate was a feudal samurai government established in 1185 by Yoritomo of the Minamoto clan, and was based in the city of Kamakura. Following 1203, it was helmed by the shikken (regent) clan of Hōjō. In order to re-establish imperial rule, warriors loyal to Emperor Daigo II invaded Kamakura and successfully overthrew the Hōjō regime in 1333.

The last of the Hōjō regents, Takatoki, fought against troops led by Nitta Yoshisada at Tōshō-ji Temple. After losing the battle, he burned the temple to the ground and committed seppuku along with 870 of his clan members and henchmen. Thus, the days of the Kamakura Shogunate were over.


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