Origin of Minamoto No Yorimitsu

We chose to call our kennel Minamoto no Yorimitsu because we named our first Akita, Raiko after this great Japanese warrior. We honor Raiko and this way he will always be part of our breeding.

Some information about the name,

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Minamoto Yorimitsu fights Tsuchi-gumo
In this Japanese name, the family name is Minamoto.

Minamoto no Yorimitsu (944–1021), also known as Minamoto no Raiko, served the regents of the Fujiwara clan along with 362px-Minamoto_Yorimitsuhis brother Yorinobu, taking the violent measures the Fujiwara were themselves unable to take. He is one of the earliest Minamoto of historical note for his military exploits, and is known for quelling the bandits of eyama.
His loyal service earned him the governorships of Izu Province, Kozuke and a number of others in turn, as well as a number of other high government positions. Yorimitsu served as commander of a regiment of the Imperial Guard, and as a secretary in the Ministry of War. When his father Minamoto no Mitsunaka died, he inherited Settsu Province.

Yorimitsu featured in a number of legends and tales, including the legend of Kintaro; (Golden Boy aka Sakata no Kintoki), the legend of Shuten Do;ji, and the legend of Tsuchigumo.
Raiko is usually accompanied by his four legendary retainers, known as the Shiten-no; (The Four Guardian Kings). They were Watanabe no Tsuna, Sakata no Kintoki, Urabe no Suetake, and Usui Sadamitsu.

Raiko in today’s culture

  • The Karatsu Kunchi festival in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture, features a large float inspired by the helmet of Minamoto, being partially devoured by the oni Shuten Douji.
  • otogi raikoIn the game Otogi Raiko; is brought back to life by a mysterious princess and employed by her to quell demons and restore a powerful seal in order to rid the capital (and the world) of darkness. In the sequel, Otogi 2, Raiko is brought back to life again by Seimei and employed to protect an orb of power and protect the capital. Along with Seimei he is again playable, as are his four generals Tsuna, Sadamitsu, Kintoki, and Suetake
  •  In the anime Otogizoshi, Raiko’s sister, Minamoto no Hikaru, pretends to be her brother and journeys Japan in search of the magatama which will save the capital. She is also accompanied by Raiko’s four generals.
  • In the OVA New Getter Robo, Raiko appears in episode 6 and is revealed to be a woman.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, the card Ryko, Lightsworn Hunter’s Japanese name is Lightlord Hunter Raiko.
  • In Tactics, Raikou Demon Hunter, Manga by Sakura Kinoshita and Kazuko Higashiyama
  • In the Game Age of Empires: The Age of Kings Minamoto is the hero character of the second campaign, and an enemy in the third Mongolian one.
  • There is a even Pokémon named Raikou.