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Matsunaga Hisahide

Matsunaga Hisahide (1508 – November 19, 1577) Matsunaga Hisahide     The Sengoku period daimyo Matsunaga Hisahide is remembered as an infamous schemer, an evil, withered and wrinkled devious character, a wonton destroyer of property and lives, the ultimate villain. Even today, in modern plays, TV dramas, movies, and [...]

By | 2018-07-16T19:17:22+09:00 7月 16th, 2018|g-m, The Samurai Heroes|0 Comments

Oda Nobukatsu

Oda Nobukatsu (1558 – June 10, 1630) Oda Nobukatsu Oda Nobukatsu was a Daimyo and warrior, born the second son of Oda Nobunaga in Ko’ori Castle, Niwa-Gun, currently Konan City of Aichi Prefecture in 1558. In 1570, after a short war between the Oda and the Kitabatake clan of [...]

By | 2018-07-16T18:47:01+09:00 7月 16th, 2018|n-t, The Samurai Heroes|0 Comments

Todo Takatora’s Ishi Mochi Battle Flag

Todo Takatora’s Ishi Mochi Battle Flag Todo Takatora Todo Takatora was known as the premier castle architect of Japan. He built over 22 castles across Japan, including castles such as Imabari, Tsu, Iga Ueno, Ozu, Edo, Akagi and many others. Castle in Japanese is “shiro” (城) Because he [...]

By | 2018-05-26T19:35:29+09:00 5月 26th, 2018|未分類|0 Comments

Todo Takatora

Todo Takatora (February 16, 1556-November 9, 1630) Todo Takatora     Todo Takatora was born in Todo Village, Omi Province. He commenced his military career as a lowlyashigarufoot soldier, working his way up to the rank of daimyo, during which he changed his allegiance seven times, working for ten [...]

By | 2018-05-26T19:26:26+09:00 5月 26th, 2018|n-t, The Samurai Heroes|0 Comments

Fukushima Masanori

Fukushima Masanori (1561 – August 26, 1624) Fukushima Masanori Fukushima Masanori was born in Ama, Owari Province (western Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture) in 1561, and is believed to have been a cousin of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. He first saw action as a 17-year-old at the Siege of Miki Castle (Hyogo [...]

By | 2018-07-16T18:25:19+09:00 5月 26th, 2018|a-f, The Samurai Heroes|0 Comments

Seven Spears of Shizugatake

Seven Spears of Shizugatake At the battle of Shizugatake, fought in like many samurai battles, the samurai performing the most meritorious deeds were named as the “spears” of the battle. Although Ishida Mitsunari, Otani Yoshitsugu, Ikeda Tsuneoki, Gamo Ujisato, Kuroda Kanbei and many other famous warriors of the Toyotomi forces also fought well [...]

By | 2018-05-26T18:46:16+09:00 5月 24th, 2018|The Samurai Heroes|0 Comments

The White Arrow (Shirahana no Ya)

The White Arrow (Shirahana no Ya) The White Arrow “Shirahana no Ya” is an arrow with a white feather fletching. According to traditional Japanese samurai customs or lore, in the early Heian period, carrying the Shirahana no Ya or White Arrow was associated with being a sacrifice. Despite the great honor, the warrior [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:18:40+09:00 5月 24th, 2018|Culture & Lifestyles|0 Comments


Umadashi Umadashi were an effective defensive barrier and compound complex built in front of castle gates, outside of the main moats, and used as a screen to facilitate cavalry charges and attacks during times of siege. Like a barbican gate system, the Umadashi worked like an airlock for a castle, allowing attack parties [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:13:10+09:00 5月 24th, 2018|未分類|0 Comments

Sanada (Yukimura) Nobushige

Sanada (Yukimura) Nobushige (1567 - June 3, 1615) Sanada (Yukimura) Nobushige was one of the greatest samurai of the Sengoku Period. Born the second son of Sanada Masayuki and younger brother to Sanada Nobuyuki, he was never referred to as “Yukimura” during his lifetime, as his real name was Nobushige. [...]

By | 2018-05-24T17:52:22+09:00 5月 24th, 2018|n-t, The Samurai Heroes, 未分類|0 Comments

Yamanaka Castle, Shizuoka Prefecture

Yamanaka Castle Hojo Ujiyasu Yamanaka Castle was established by Hojo Ujiyasu in the 1560’s in what is now eastern Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture. It was to be a first line of western defense in protecting the main Hojo Castle at Odawara. Carved and dug from the side of a [...]

By | 2018-05-22T18:11:45+09:00 5月 22nd, 2018|Castles, Spots|0 Comments