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What better way for the sword-wielding crew over at Samurai Jeans to kick off 2022, than a truly heavyweight pair of Denim celebrating one of Japan's most revered warriors. "Ushiwakamaru" is the childhood name of Minamoto no Yoshitsune, a legendary military leader and swordsman who lived during the late Heian and early Kamakura periods. After both his father and two brothers were killed during the Heiji Rebellion of 1159, Yoshitsune fled to the mountains surrounding Kyoto. Seeking refuge at Kurama Temple, the young boy was inducted as a Buddhist Monk where he spent a number of years. Yoshitsune had greater ambitions however, and eventually parted ways with the temple to train in solitude, with the intention of becoming an adept swordsman. Legend has it that the mythical Tengu that inhabited the mountain woods taught Yoshitsune the art of swordsmanship during these years.