Minamoto no Yoshinaka (源 義仲), who loved Yamabuki, became a general of the late Heian period of Japanese history. A member of the Minamoto samurai clan, Minamoto no Yoritomo was his cousin and rival during the Genpei War between the Minamoto and the Taira clans. Yoshinaka was born in Musashi province, but was raised in the Kiso Mountains after his uncle betrayed and killed his father. Yoshinaka later changed his name from Minamoto to Kiso (木曾), to reflect the Kiso Mountains where he was raised.

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Cold Trail: Yamabuki and Tomoe

Sword of the Taka Samurai, Book Four Yamabuki and Tomoe escape pursuit up a mountain pass, through a blizzard—the route that had killed several men only the day before—and discover a connection between them that’s greater than friendship. But turmoil runs through the land. The imperial …

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Illustration of Yamabuki from Katherine M Lawrence's Sword of the Taka Samurai series

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