Fujita Nobuyoshi: The Catalyst of Sekigahara

Fujita Nobuyoshi When it comes to wars, people always look for the “how” and “why”. Most believe it is simple to pinpoint one exact thing that lit the first spark of war, and sometimes we are given a short explanation while in school, or just reading a history book that briefly touches on the subject. … Continue reading Fujita Nobuyoshi: The Catalyst of Sekigahara

Sanada Masayuki

Portrait of Sanada Masayuki Sanada Masayuki (1547—July 13, 1611) was a damiyō who controlled Ueda Castle in Shinano Province and is famous for being the father of Sanada Nobuyuki and Sanada Yukimura. He started out being a vassal to the Takeda, however, after the clan fell in 1582, he managed to work his way through … Continue reading Sanada Masayuki


Sanada clan mon There is very little information about this woman, so I apologize for the short article. I was amazed to find that the Japanese Wiki Corpus had an article on her, so most of the information will be coming from that source. Yamanote-dono (?—July 20, 1613) was the wife to Sanada Masayuki and … Continue reading Yamanote-dono

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

‘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)