|The moment Yoritomo started to understand Kiyomori|
|Ito Tadakiyo and Taira no Tokitada, ep 48|
|Hojo Masako (Anne Watanabe) listening to her husband Yoritomo|
|Kiyomori (Matsuyama Kenichi) and his loyal wife Taira no Tokiko (Fukada Kyoko), ep 48|
|Yoritomo (Okada Masaki) was to receive Yoshitsune (Kamiki Ryunosuke)|
|Yoshitsune conversing with his brother Yoritomo|
Yoritomo kept saying something about the true samurai, or what made a person became a true samurai. Benkei was listening all along and suddenly got tearful as he agreed with Yoritomo. Yoshitsune said that Benkei actually knew Kiyomori and Yoshitomo when the latter was still alive. Excited to learn more, Yoritomo asked the monk to tell him about the story of Yoshitomo and Kiyomori.
Yoritomo also realised one important thing: that when Kiyomori spared his life years ago, Kiyomori actually showed the true spirit of samurai. Kiyomori’s actual words as he shoved Higekiri to the ground just next to the teenage Yoritomo was, ‘This is the true spirit of samurai. Pay attention to it.”
|Yoritomo realising Kiyomori's lessons (please forgive the double upload. I love this scene so much!)|
Then Yoritomo’s narration: “Right at that time... I understood. I observed and recognised.” Just right then, Yoritomo understood what made a person a true samurai. He also understood that the young Kiyomori was actually fighting for the same cause as he was now.