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 Chiyojo

Kanji: 望月 千代女 Dates: 1530s or 1540s-? Other Names: Mochizuki Chiyome, Mochizuki Chiyo   Mochizuki Chiyojo was a noblewoman and ku-no-ichi (female ninja) who lived in the Sixteenth Century. There is very little information about her, but she has risen to legendary status because she remains the only ku-no-ichi that has been historically confirmed. Information … Continue reading Mochizuki Chiyojo