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85年、ロータリー交換留学生として初来日。1年間、札幌で過ごす。86年帰国。弱冠18歳にしてオーストラリアのラジオ局で、プロラジオDJデビューを果たし、活躍するものの、日本での生活が忘れられず、92年に再来日。93年からは、FMラジオ局のラジオDJとして、名古屋を中心に活躍中。テレビタレント、ナレーター、コラムニストとしての活動は多岐に渡る。近年は「外国人から見た日本」をテーマに講演活動を行い、好評を博している。

A long time Japanophile, Chris Glenn first came to Japan in 1985 as a Rotary Exchange Student. On his return to Australia in 1986, he commenced working as a radio DJ. In 1992 he returned to Japan, where he remained working in radio, TV and as a newspaper columnist and writer.

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Samurai; Minamoto no Yoshitsune 源義経

2015.06.18 | カテゴリー : Samurai | 投稿者名 :

Minamoto no Yoshitsune Died On This Day, June 15, 1189.
The story of the Minamoto clan is long, and extremely complicated.





Born in 1159 as the 9th son of Minamoto no Yoshitomo, Yoshitsune was the younger brother of the
first Kamakura Shogun, Yoritomo, whom he had never met until joining his forces in 1180 to fight
the rival Taira clan. They were joined by yet another brother neither had previously met, Noriyori.
The clash became known as the Genpei War.


Yoshitsune would fight and kill his cousin Minamoto no Yoshinaka in the Battle of Awazu (1184)
and a month later, he and his troops defeated the Taira clan at the Battle of Ichinotani, in which
Yoshitsune and his cavalry stormed down a steep cliff face, directly into the enemy camp.
He defeated the Taira again at the Battle of Yashima (1185) and yet again that year in the
decisive naval Battle of Dan-no-Ura.


In his greatest moment of glory, Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s fleet defeated the naval forces of the
Taira clan in The battle of Dan-no-ura, fought in the narrow waters separating the northern tip
of Kyushu and the southern tip of Honshu. The Minamoto were numerically superior, however, the
Taira clan had the better naval tactics and nautical prowess. They also had the eight-year-old Emperor,
Antoku with them. The half day battle began with long range arrow fire as the ships approached head
on, then as the two fleets came side by side, fierce hand to hand fighting broke out as the ships were
boarded.


Following the Gempei War, Yoshitsune would turn against his brother, Yoritomo. Fleeing into exile,
Yoshitsune was betrayed and defeated at the Battle of Koromo River, in which Yoshitsune’s most famed
and able general, Benkei was killed, but died “standing up, which put much fear into the attackers!”
Yoshitsune, overrun by the enemy, was forced to commit suicide along with his wife and daughter.
There are stories of Yoshitsune having escaped and traveling via Hokkaido to mainland Asia, becoming
Ghenghis Khan, a most unlikely scenario.


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