Fūma Kotarō

Kanji: 風魔 小太郎 Dates: ?-1603 Other Known Names: Fūma Kotarō the Fifth, Kazama Fūma Kotarō was an infamous ninja who was the leader of the Fūma Ittō, or the Fūma Gang. The gang were sponsored by the Hōjō clan until the clan fell in 1590. There is a bit of mystery surrounding this figure. While … Continue reading Fūma Kotarō

Katakura Kojūrō

Kanji: 片倉 小十郎 Dates: 1557-December 4, 1615 Other Known Names: Katakura Kagetsuna (original name) Katakura clan mon Katakura Kojūrō was the chief retainer and strategist who served under Date Masamune, who started out working under his father, Date Terumune, as a junior page before serving his son. In recent years, he is more known by … Continue reading Katakura Kojūrō

Ishida Mitsunari

Kanji: 石田 三成 Dates: 1560-Novermber 6, 1600 Other Known Names: Sakichi (childhood name) Ishida Mitsunari was a samurai bureaucrat who served under Toyotomi Hideyoshi and was the commander of the Western Army at The Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. He is most famous for his defeat at the battle, and tends to be overlooked in most English … More Ishida Mitsunari

Takeda Shingen

Kanji: 武田 信玄 Dates: December 1, 1521 – May 13, 1573 Other Names: Katsuchiyo (childhood name), Harunobu (formal name), “The Tiger of Kai” Takeda clan mon Takeda Shingen was a famous and powerful daimyo who ruled over the Province of Kai. He is most famous today for his rivalry with the warlord, Uesugi Kenshin of … Continue reading Takeda Shingen

Mochizuki Chiyome

Mochizuki Chiyome from Assassin's Creed: Memories Mochizuki Chiyome (sometimes known as Mochizuki Chiyojo or Mochizuki Chiyo) was a noblewoman, poet and kunoichi (female ninja) who lived sometime during the 16th century.(1) Little is known about her life and some historians even question her existence. Nevertheless, she has become a legend due to her title as a … Continue reading Mochizuki Chiyome