Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Lovable LosersThe Heike in Action and Memory$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mikael S. Adolphson and Anne Commons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846756

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846756.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 20 June 2021



Kiyomori’s Lost Capital

(p.17) Chapter Two Fukuhara
Lovable Losers

Mikael S. Adolphson

University of Hawai'i Press

This essay concerns Taira no Kiyomori’s (1118-1181) attempts to establish a new imperial capital at his country estate at Fukuhara in 1180. Though it lasted for less than six months, the move presented the imperial court with serious challenges, but it was in fact part of a larger and very ambitious plan. Located in present-day Kobe and with access to sea routes at the adjoining harbor of Ōwada no tomari, this relocation demonstrates Kiyomori’s commitment to a new kind of polity, with greater emphasis on trade, particularly with China. It also reflects Kiyomori’s desire not only to escape the entrenched political powers in Kyoto, but to establish a new imperial line beginning with his grandson, Emperor Antoku (1178-1185; r. 1180-1183).

Keywords:   Taira no Kiyomori, Emperor Antoku, trade, coinage, movement of capital, Fukuhara

University Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .