Ishikawa Goemon

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Gôemon was the son of a minor retainer of the Miyoshi family and became a bandit after committing some petty theft that resulted in his killing three men. He led a group of bandits in the Kyoto area and gained an infamous reputation for his lawless activities. He was finally captured in 1594 by the Toyotomi general Sengoku Hidehisa. Toyotomi Hideyoshi commanded that Gôemon and his son Ichirô be killed by being thrown into pots of boiling oil at the dry river bed of the Kamogawa river in Kyoto. Many fanciful tales surrounding Gôemon's career have appeared over the years.