- a member of a powerful family in Japan that ruled as shoguns from 1192 to 1333.
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Antoku was drowned but the Minamoto soldiers rescued his mother.
This event terminated the descendants of the Minamoto family in the direct line.
Tsunemoto was a grandson of the Emperor Seiwa and founder of the renowned clan of Minamoto.
They were of the same blood as Nitta and Ashikaga and of the clan of Minamoto.