1. lower-ranking vassal in the Kamakura and Edo periods
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2. GokeninA gokenin was initially a vassal of the shogunate of the Kamakura and the Muromachi periods. In exchange for protection and the right to become shugo (governor) or jitō (manor's lord), in times of peace a gokenin had the duty to protect the imperial court and Kamakura, in case of war had to fight with his forces under the shogun’s flag.
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ご家人 【ごけにん】


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