Muromachi Archive

Shimazu Yoshihisa

Shimazu Yoshihisa’s childhood and rise to power Yoshihisa was born in 1538, the son of Shogun Ieyasu. The young Yoshihisa was placed in the care of the abbot of Kennin-ji Temple, who educated him until he was

Honda Tadakatsu

Who is Honda Tadakatsu? He is one of the most famous and popular samurai in the Sengoku Jidai period. Honda was born in 1548 and became a samurai based on his father’s wishes. His father’s wish for

Hattori Hanzo

Hattori Hanzo is regarded as the most famous Japanese Samurai ever. He survived numerous battles and was one of the few Samurai to excel in both military and literary arts. Hattori Hanzo was born into a low-rank

Uesugi Kenshin

Samurai warriors in Japan in the 16th century were among the most elite in the world. They were preeminent warriors, expert swordsmen, and dedicated followers of honor and loyalty. The life of a samurai was not easy,

Takeda Shingen

Who is Takeda Shingen? He was born in 1521 to a peasant family who lived near the city of Nagoya. Takeda Shingen was a Samurai who lived from 1521 to 1573. He was from Kai province and

Toyotomi Hideyoshi

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

Oda Nobunaga

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

Japanese Periods Timeline

This is an infographic of Japanese Periods through the years.

Akechi Mitsuhide

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