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

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

Ashikaga Yoshiteru

Kanji: 足利 義輝 Date(s): March 31, 1536-June 17, 1565 Other Known Names: Ashikaga Yoshifuji (or Yoshifishi), “The Sword Shogun” (“Kengo shōgun”) Ashikaga clan mon Ashikaga Yoshiteru was the thirteenth shōgun in the Ashikaga Shogunate. Reigning from 1546 to 1565, Ashikaga Yoshiteru has been claimed by historians as the last effective shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate. … Continue reading Ashikaga Yoshiteru

Maeda Keiji

Date(s): c. 1543-1612? Kanji: 前田慶次 Other Known Names: Soubei (young adult), Keijirō (young adult), Toshihiro (adult), Toshioki (adult), Toshisada (adult), Toshitaka (adult), Takuto (adult), Gokuzou-In Hyosai (senior), Ryuzaiken Fubensai (senior)   Maeda clan mon Maeda Keiji, also known as Maeda Toshimasu, was the adopted nephew of Maeda Toshiie and a samurai of great mystery to … Continue reading Maeda Keiji

Shima Sakon

Woodblock painting of Shima Sakon Shima Sakon (June 9, 1540-October 21, 1600?) is most famous for being a strategist serving under Ishida Mitsunari and was present at the Battle of Sekigahara, His life is a bit of a mystery, especially since he spent most of his life as a rōnin. He was born in Yamato … Continue reading Shima Sakon

Blessed Takayama Ukon

Kanji: 高山右近 Date(s): c.1552-Feburary 3, 1615 Other Known Names: Dom Justo Takayama, Iustus Takayama Ukon, Hikogorō Shigetomo Beatified: February 7, 2017 Feast Day: February 3 Attributes: Sword, Crucifix, Samurai robes Patronage: Persecuted Christians, Japanese immigrants, University of Santo Tomas Graduate School Takayama Clan Mon Blessed Takayama Ukon was a Roman Catholic kirishitan daimyō, martyr, and … Continue reading Blessed Takayama Ukon

Imagawa Yoshimoto

Imagawa Yoshimoto, left, facing death at the Battle of Okehazama. Kanji: 今川 義元 Date(s): 1519-June 12, 1560 Other Known Names: N/A Imagawa Clan Mon   Imagawa Yoshimoto was a daimyo for the provinces Suruga and Tōtömi and was one of the most powerful leaders in the Tokaido region until his death in 1560. Yoshimoto was … Continue reading Imagawa Yoshimoto

Saitō Dōsan

Kanji: 斎藤 道三 Date(s): 1494-1556 Other Known Names: Saitō Dōsan Toshimasa, the Viper of Mino Saitō clan mon             Saitō Dōsan was the daimyo of Mino, the father of Nōhime, and the father-in-law to Oda Nobunaga. He was an oil seller and priest before he became a daimyo and fought mainly against Oda Nobuhide until … Continue reading Saitō Dōsan