Kanji: 織田 信長 Dates: June 23, 1534-June 21, 1582 Other Known Names: Kipposhi (childhood name), Saburo Nobunaga, Owari no Otsuke (“Fool of Owari”), Tenma-O (“Demon King”) Oda clan mon Oda Nobunaga was the first of the Three Unifiers of Japan, and was one of the most powerful daimyo in the country. He was also a … Continue reading Oda Nobunaga
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
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
https://youtu.be/3UtuyZdv0Wc YouTube version of this article Hiragumo on display at the Hamanako Kanzanji Art Museum in Hamamatsu, Japan. In every culture, there are items that have become quite famous. They all become famous for many reasons. They were owned by someone famous, became destroyed or lost, or are thought to have existed and thus becoming … Continue reading Hiragumo and Matsunaga Hisahide
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
https://youtu.be/en0ZIsCu1jY YouTube version of this article Screenshot of Yasuke from the trailer of the anime, Yasuke The man known as Yasuke has been getting a lot of attention in pop culture as of late. The legendary African samurai served as the inspiration for Afro Samurai starring Samuel L. Jackson. He has made an appearance in the video … Continue reading The Legend of Yasuke
https://youtu.be/4dk-6DRwriQ 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?