Shibata Katsuie

Kanji: 柴田 勝家 Date(s): 1522-June 14, 1583 Other Known Names: “Oni Shibata” (The Devil Shibata) Shibata clan mon Shibata Katsuie was a general who served under Oda Nobunaga and was the second husband to Nobunaga’s sister, Oichi*. Known as the “Devil Shibata” for his actions at the Siege at Chokō-ji Castle, Katsuie loyally served Nobunaga … Continue reading Shibata Katsuie

Azai Nagamasa

Kanji: 浅井長政 Dates: 1545-August 28, 1573 Other Known Names: N/A Azai clan mon Azai Nagamasa was the third daimyo of the Azai clan and was the brother-in-law to Oda Nobunaga. He is well-known for fighting against Nobunaga when he attacked an ally of the Azai clan, the Asakura clan. Azai Nagamasa was born at Odani … Continue reading Azai Nagamasa

Akechi Mitsuhide

Kanji: 明智光秀 Dates: March 10, 1528-July 2, 1582 Other Known Names: “Thirteen Day Shōgun” Akechi clan mon Akechi Mitsuhide was one of Oda Nobunaga’s closest retainers, along with Shibata Katsuiie and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. He is well-known for his betrayal of the Oda clan at the Honnō-ji Temple in Kyōto on June 21, 1582. Born in … Continue reading Akechi Mitsuhide

Oda Nobuhide

Dates: 1510-April 8, 1551 Kanji: 織田信秀 Other Known Names: N/A Oda clan mon Oda Nobuhide is most famous for being the father of Oda Nobunaga. He was born in 1510 in Shobata Castle in Owari Province. He was the eldest son of Oda Danjō no chu Nobusada. He was known for being a spirited leader, … Continue reading Oda Nobuhide


Kanji: お市 Dates: 1547-June 14, 1583 Other Known Names: Ichi, Ichihime, Odani no Kata, Hideko, Oichi no Kata Oichi is one of the most famous women of the Sengoku Jidai, and she is also one of its most tragic figures. She was Oda Nobunaga’s younger sister, sister-in-law to Nōhime, wife to Azai Nagamasa and Shibata … Continue reading Oichi

Takenaka Hanbē

Kanji: 竹中半兵衛 Dates: 1544-1579 Other Known Names: Takenaka Shigeharu, Hanbei, “Zhuge Liang of the Sengoku Jidai” Takenaka clan mon Takenaka Hanbē was famous strategist well-known for his service to Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the Sengoku Jidai. Even though his actual name is Takenaka Shigeharu, he is remembered in history as Takenaka Hanbē, and gained the nickname as … Continue reading Takenaka Hanbē

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