Mori Ranmaru and Wakashudō

Mori Ranmaru's official artwork from Samurai Warriors 4 Mori Ranmaru is one of the most famous figures to come from the Sengoku Jidai, almost as famous as the lord he served, Oda Nobunaga. Much like others from this era, his life is shrouded in mystery, with a lot of what we know coming from Edo … Continue reading Mori Ranmaru and Wakashudō

Naitō Joan

Naitō Joan Naitō Joan (c.1549-1626) was a Kirishitan samurai during the Sengoku Jidai and is famous for his role in the failed peace negotiations between the Japanese and the Chinese during the Imjin Wars (1592-1598). Little is known about Joan, for his sister, Julia, is more famous. He is also known by many different names, … Continue reading Naitō Joan


Nagao Masakage (left) with Aya-Gozen (right) Aya-Gozen (1524-March 10, 1609), also known as Sentō-in, was the mother of Uesugi Kagekatsu. Not much is known about her here in the West, only being able to find two articles that talk about her, and unfortunately, one is Wikipedia. It is known that her father was Nagao Tamekage, … Continue reading Aya-Gozen

The Controversial Naoe-jo

Naoe Kanetsugu's official artwork from Samurai Warriors 4 The Battle of Sekigahara is one of the most well-known battles in Japan’s history. It is an impressive and important battle, yet much of the history that surrounds it tends to be forgotten at times, especially by those who study the battle for military strategy only. The … Continue reading The Controversial Naoe-jo

‘Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan’ Full Review (Pt. 2)

Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan promotional banner For a review of episodes 1-3, click here. Welcome back! We are continuing to look into the Netflix docuseries, Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, which was released in February 2021. In light of recent events, I have decided to release an episode-by-episode review of the series. … Continue reading ‘Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan’ Full Review (Pt. 2)