The Battle of Sekigahara

Date(s): October 21, 1600 Armies: Western Army vs. Eastern Army Victor: Eastern Army Casualties: Western Army: 5,000-32,000/23,000 defected Eastern Army: Unknown number The Battle of Sekigahara was the grand finale of the Sekigahara Campaign and, according to many scholars, was the final battle of the Sengoku Jidai. It was fought between the Western Army, led … Continue reading The Battle of Sekigahara

Sanada Yukimura

Kanji: 真田 幸村 Dates: 1567-June 3, 1615 Other Known Names: Sanada Nobushige, Sanada Saemonnosuke Yukimura Sanada clan mon Sanada Yukimura was a samurai sho-daimyo (“minor warlord”) who served under both the Takeda and the Toyotomi clans. He was a samurai who was held in high regard by his peers and was also quite the tactician … Continue reading Sanada Yukimura

Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Kanji: 豊臣 秀吉 Dates: 1536-1598 Other Known Names: Hashiba Hideyoshi Toyotomi clan mon Toyotomi Hideyoshi is the second of the Three Unifiers of Japan, and was the first to accomplish the dream of unification. Little is known of him until the 1570, however, what is known is that he was born into a peasant family. … Continue reading Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Matsunaga Hisahide: Villain of the Warring States? YouTube version of this article Matsunaga Hisahide as he appears in the anime 'Sengoku BASARA: Samurai Kings' “This Matsunaga guy… He’s known as the Villain of the Warring States but he hasn’t been doing anything.” This quote comes from Saratobi Sasuke in the middle of the seventh episode of Sengoku BASARA: Samurai Kings first season.(1) I have often thought … Continue reading Matsunaga Hisahide: Villain of the Warring States?