Introduction to Japan’s Greatest Samurai General Tokugawa Ieyasu was a Japanese feudal lord, shogun, and military dictator who founded the Tokugawa shogunate that ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868. Ieyasu was born in Okazaki Castle and his father’s side claimed descent from the Taira clan and Emperor Seiwa (850-880) while […]
Welcome to the section dedicated to samurai. We have many posts covering different aspects of samurai life, but here you will find the biography and guide to many famous names you might recognize from culture.
Masamune-dono’s Early Life and How He Became a Samurai Warrior Masamune-dono, or Date Masamune, was born on October 22, 1567. His father was “Date Terumune” and his mother was “Mikawa Ujiko”. He became the first daimyo of the Sendai Domain in northern Honshu. The Date clan had been very successful […]
Toyotomi Hideyoshi was one of the three great unifiers of Japan, along with his former lord, Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu. He rose to power by exploiting a flaw in the shogunate system. He was able to make his mark on history because of his instrumental role in bringing about […]
Oda Nobunaga was a 16th-century samurai who is revered for his contributions to the unification of Japan. Nobunaga was born in 1534 in one of the most powerful clans of samurai, the Oda clan. His father, Oda Nobuhide, had served under two shoguns (rulers) before he died when Nobunaga was […]
Known as the medieval knights of Japan, Samurai have captured the attention of the world’s popular culture. With their fascinating ways, lifestyles, and strict code of honor, people have been captivated by their stories. The reign of the Samurai lasted for many centuries in Japan and was ingrained in the […]
Akechi Mitsuhide was a general during the warring states period in Japan, known as the Sengoku period. He worked under the daimyo Oda Nobunaga, and later rebelled against him in 1582. Mitsuhide was born in 1528 and was given the birth name of Jubei, later changing it. He was born […]