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

Date Masamune

Kanji: 伊達 政宗 Dates: September 5, 1567-June 27, 1636 Other Known Names: Bontenmaru (childhood name), Dokuganryu (“One-Eyed Dragon”) Date clan mon Date Masamune was a powerful daimyo who ruled much of northern Japan. He was instantly recognizable for his crescent moon helmet and the eye patch over his right eye. This was due to the … Continue reading Date Masamune

Sakai Tadatsugu

Kanji: 酒井 忠次 Dates: 1527-December 17, 1596 Other Known Names: Unknown Sakai clan mon Sakai Tadatsugu was a daimyo during the Sengoku period who belonged to the senior branch of the Sakai family, which had been divided four generations prior. He was one of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s most distinguished samurai and belonged to an elite group known … Continue reading Sakai Tadatsugu

Sanada Yukimura

Kanji: 真田 幸村 Dates: 1567-June 3, 1615 Other Known Names: Sanada Nobushige, Sanada Saemonnosuke Yukimura Sanada clan mon Sanada Yukimura was a samurai sho-daimyo (“minor warlord”) who served under both the Takeda and the Toyotomi clans. He was a samurai who was held in high regard by his peers and was also quite the tactician … Continue reading Sanada Yukimura

Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Kanji: 豊臣 秀吉 Dates: 1536-1598 Other Known Names: Hashiba Hideyoshi Toyotomi clan mon Toyotomi Hideyoshi is the second of the Three Unifiers of Japan, and was the first to accomplish the dream of unification. Little is known of him until the 1570, however, what is known is that he was born into a peasant family. … Continue reading Toyotomi Hideyoshi