The Battle of SekigaharaThe Battle of Sekigahara



In his exploration of the battle, Chris Glenn reveals the developments that led up to the outbreak of war, the characters involved, how the battle itself unfolded, and the aftermath.

Author: Chris Glenn

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 9781399014168

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Sekigahara was the greatest samurai battle in history. Japan had long been at civil war until brought under the rule of Oda Nobunaga, and then, following his death at the hands of a traitorous general, that of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was Hideyoshi who completed the unification of Japan and ushered in a period of peace. After Hideyoshi’s death in 1598, a power struggle emerged between those loyal to the Toyotomi, and those who supported the second most powerful warlord, Tokugawa Ieyasu. With Hideyoshi gone, Ieyasu made moves that brought the ire of a number of his contemporaries, and soon the entire country was divided into two great armies, East and West. Leading the loyalist cause was Ishida Mitsunari, who gathered a force of around 130,000 samurai, while the Tokugawa commanded just 80,000. Both sides hurried to seize strategically vital highways and castles. These attacks and sieges culminated in the decisive Battle of Sekigahara. Fought on 21 October 1600, the battle lasted just six hours, but saw the deaths of an estimated 30,000 samurai, the destruction of a number of noble families and the creation of the Tokugawa Shogunate that was to rule Japan for 260 years of relative peace. The loyalist forces, despite their superior numbers and excellent battle formations, were defeated. In his exploration of the battle, Chris Glenn reveals the developments that led up to the outbreak of war, the characters involved, how the battle itself unfolded, and the aftermath. The weapons and armor of the time are also fully explained, along with little known customs of the samurai and their warfare.

The Battle of SekigaharaThe Battle of Sekigahara



The Battle of Sekigahara: The History and Legacy of the Battle that Unified Japan under the Tokugawa Shogunate chronicles the events that led to one of the most important conflicts in Japanese history.

Author: Charles River Editors

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ISBN: 1655677373

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*Includes pictures *Includes a bibliography for further reading On October 21, 1600, two massive Japanese armies, totaling an estimated 200,000 soldiers armed to the teeth with swords, yari (spears), arrows, muskets and cannons, faced off on a battlefield near the town of Sekigahara. A bitter fight to the death ensued, and the results would determine the course of Japanese history for the next 250 years. On the battlefield was the warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, a man desiring domain over the entire island of Japan, but standing in his way was Ishida Mitsunari, a warlord controlling vast swaths of western Japan. Moving with his armies from the east, Ieyasu maneuvered into a position at Sekigahara. Ieyasu was relying heavily on the legendary Japanese samurai, but contrary to popular belief, the samurai warriors of that era were avid firearm users, and this battle would be no exception, as both armies bristled with muskets and cannons. Ieyasu was outnumbered, but he had a trump card: traitors placed in the enemy army. These treacherous warlords would join Ieyasu in the midst of the battle, turning it in his favor. When Ieyasu became shogun (military dictator) of Japan, he presided over the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate, which brought peace and stability to all of Japan if only by ending the constant civil wars. Many changes took place, most notably in the capabilities of the samurai, Japan's ruling military class, who were no longer active combat participants. Instead, most of these warriors were fighters in name only, ruling, instead, as privileged bureaucrats. They served the Tokugawa Shogunate, a military government that moved to isolate Japan from the rest of the world, for more than two centuries, and military service became the exclusive domain of a privileged warrior class that combined the military with an intricate network of social status and vassalage to feudal lords. As a feudal government, the Tokugawa shogunate split control of state domains under feudal lords known as daimyō. Although given a high degree of autonomy, the daimyō were responsible to the shogun to provide "maintenance of armed forces, the protection of the coastline, and attendance on the shogun at appointed times." The maintenance of these functions required a large amount of support from society in general, including merchants, peasants, and artisans, but this system of military governance ensured that the warriors' social status was elevated to a position of high prestige. Thus, samurai held a virtual monopoly not only on military positions, but also administrative positions at both the central and regional levels, and as a symbol of their status, samurais were the only class allowed to carry weapons - a longsword and shortsword - in public. The blissful isolation changed with the arrival of American Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853. In awe of the American weapons and ships, the Tokugawa shogunate quickly realized that they needed to evolve and modernize their military to survive, and a time of rapid change descended on Japan. As it turned out, however, the shogunate would not have a chance to modernize the nation, because the Meiji Restoration supplanted the shogunate with a new dynasty, and within a mere 30 years, the Tokugawa shogunate and its samurai caste would be relics of the past. The Battle of Sekigahara: The History and Legacy of the Battle that Unified Japan under the Tokugawa Shogunate chronicles the events that led to one of the most important conflicts in Japanese history. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Battle of Sekigahara like never before.

Sekigahara 1600Sekigahara 1600



Armies of the two sides met on the plain of Sekigahara on 21 October 1600, in thick fog and deep mud. By the end of the day 40,000 heads had been taken and Ieyasu was master of Japan.

Author: Anthony J Bryant

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472800718

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Page: 96

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Sekigahara was the most decisive battle in Japanese history. Fought against the ritualised and colourful backdrop of Samurai life, it was the culmination of a long-standing power struggle between Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hashiba Hideyoshi, two of the most powerful men in Japan. Armies of the two sides met on the plain of Sekigahara on 21 October 1600, in thick fog and deep mud. By the end of the day 40,000 heads had been taken and Ieyasu was master of Japan. Within three years the Emperor would grant him the title he sought – Shogun. This title describes the campaign leading up to this great battle and examines Sekigahara, including the forces and personalities of the two major sides and that of the turncoat Kobayakawa Hideaki.

The Battle of SekigaharaThe Battle of Sekigahara



The decisive Battle of Sekigahara was the greatest samurai battle in Japan's history.

Author: Chris Glenn

Publisher: Booklocker.com

ISBN: 1632633663

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The decisive Battle of Sekigahara was the greatest samurai battle in Japan's history. It lasted just seven hours but saw the deaths of over 30,000 samurai. The loyalist forces, despite superior numbers and excellent battle formations, were defeated. Discover the developments leading to the outbreak of war, the characters involved, the battle, and the aftermath. Samurai weapons and armor are also fully explained, along with little known customs of the samurai and their warfare. FEATURES MORE THAN 80 COLOR PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS.

Sekigahara and ShiroyamaSekigahara and Shiroyama



*Includes pictures *Includes a bibliography On October 21, 1600, two massive Japanese armies, totaling an estimated 200,000 soldiers armed to the teeth with swords, yari (spears), arrows, muskets and cannons, faced off on a battlefield near ...

Author: Charles River Editors

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ISBN: 1658861299

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Page: 82

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*Includes pictures *Includes a bibliography On October 21, 1600, two massive Japanese armies, totaling an estimated 200,000 soldiers armed to the teeth with swords, yari (spears), arrows, muskets and cannons, faced off on a battlefield near the town of Sekigahara. A bitter fight to the death ensued, and the results would determine the course of Japanese history for the next 250 years. On the battlefield was the warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa, a man desiring domain over the entire island of Japan, but standing in his way was Ishida Mitsunari, a warlord controlling vast swaths of western Japan. Moving with his armies from the east, Ieyasu maneuvered into a position at Sekigahara. Ieyasu was relying heavily on the legendary Japanese samurai, but contrary to popular belief, the samurai warriors of that era were avid firearm users, and this battle would be no exception, as both armies bristled with muskets and cannons. Ieyasu was outnumbered, but he had a trump card: traitors placed in the enemy army. These treacherous warlords would join Ieyasu in the midst of the battle, turning it in his favor. When Ieyasu became shogun (military dictator) of Japan, he presided over the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate, which brought peace and stability to all of Japan if only by ending the constant civil wars. Many changes took place, most notably in the capabilities of the samurai, Japan's ruling military class, who were no longer active combat participants. Instead, most of these warriors were fighters in name only, ruling, instead, as privileged bureaucrats. They served the Tokugawa Shogunate, a military government that moved to isolate Japan from the rest of the world, for more than two centuries, and military service became the exclusive domain of a privileged warrior class that combined the military with an intricate network of social status and vassalage to feudal lords. On September 25, 1877, on a rain-soaked, muddy field in Kagoshima, Japan, a small group of proud samurai warrior rebels prepared for one last stand. It was early morning, 6:00 a.m., and the remaining 40 samurai warriors still capable of fighting prepared themselves for the glory of death on the battlefield. They had been shelled by powerful artillery guns and naval cannons relentlessly through the night, and the rebels had no real shelter or protection. Instead, they cowered like rats in small, rain-filled mud holes, showered by a torrent of steel shells and shrapnel. For seven months, the samurai rebels had fought a losing battle against the army of Emperor Meiji, the new ruler of Japan's central government. It was a modern army, filled with conscripts, armed with rifles, and trained in European tactics. The samurai rebels were also armed with rifles, but months of fighting had stripped them of ammunition. They still possessed their distinctive personal weapons - their katana swords - and they intended to use them one last time. Despite the overwhelming firepower and numbers advantage wielded by the central government, the rebels, led by Saigō Takamori, a samurai warrior and proud defender of the samurai tradition, remained stoic in their final moments. By early morning, the last capable samurai drew their swords and launched a final suicidal charge into the rapidly firing rifles of 30,000 conscript troops, members of Japan's modern imperial army. It would be the samurai's last stand. Lionized in the Tom Cruise film The Last Samurai, the Battle of Shiroyama was the dying gasp of feudal Japan. For centuries, the Japanese warrior caste, known as the samurai, had held positions of high prestige and privilege in Japan. Paid a stipend and holding both military and civil positions, the samurai were a proud group that looked down upon Japan's commoners and merchants. They served the Tokugawa shogunate, a military dictatorship that ascended to power and isolated Japan from the rest of the world, for more than two centuries.

Sekigahara 1600Sekigahara 1600



Armies of the two sides met on the plain of Sekigahara on 21 October 1600, in thick fog and deep mud. By the end of the day 40,000 heads had been taken and Ieyasu was master of Japan.

Author: Anthony Bryant

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: 0275988694

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Page: 96

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Sekigahara was the most decisive battle in Japanese history. Fought against the ritualised and colourful backdrop of Samurai life, it was the culmination of a long-standing power struggle between Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hashiba Hideyoshi, two of the most powerful men in Japan. Armies of the two sides met on the plain of Sekigahara on 21 October 1600, in thick fog and deep mud. By the end of the day 40,000 heads had been taken and Ieyasu was master of Japan. Within three years the Emperor would grant him the title he sought - Shogun. Byrant describes the campaign leading up to this great battle and examines Sekigahara, including the forces and personalities of the two major sides and that of the turncoat Kobayakawa Hideaki. Sekigahara was the most decisive battle in Japanese history. Fought against the ritualised and colourful backdrop of Samurai life, it was the culmination of a long-standing power struggle between Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hashiba Hideyoshi, two of the most powerful men in Japan. Both men had fought and intrigued to gain control of the country in the 1570s-80s, Ieyasu eventually submitting to Hideyoshi in 1584. On Hideyoshi's death in 1598 a council of regents was formed to govern and serve as guardians for his underage son. Ieyasu was a member and saw his chance to realise his dream of complete power. His greatest rival on the council was Hideyoshi's old companion Ishida Mitsunari. They met on the plain of Sekigahara on 21 October 1600, in thick fog and deep mud. Almost from the start the battle involved mostly hand-to-hand combat with mass desertions from Mitsunari's side to Ieyasu's. By the end of the day 40,000 heads had been taken and Ieyasu was master of Japan. Within three years the Emperor would grant him the title he sought - Shogun. Anthony Bryant recounts the campaign leading up to this great battle and examines Sekigahara, including the forces and personalities of the two major sides and that of the turncoat Kobayakawa Hideaki.

THE NINJA BOOK The New MansenshukaiTHE NINJA BOOK The New Mansenshukai



The Ninja Book compiles some of the latest research to share new facts on ninja culture and notorious historic figures.

Author: Mie University Facultyof Humanities, Law and Economics

Publisher: Impress Corporation

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Popular interest in ninja has driven local Japanese researchers to unearth more history than ever before on these mysterious men of magic and might. The Ninja Book compiles some of the latest research to share new facts on ninja culture and notorious historic figures. Ninja fans around the world will take great pleasure in this broader exploration of the origins of ninja in Japan. [Contents] 1. A Ninja's Work 2. The History of Ninja 1) History of Iga Ninja 2) History of Koka Ninja 3) Battle of Magari 4) Sengoku (Warring States) Period 5) Iga Sokoku Ikki 6) Tensho Iga Wars 7) Tokugawa Ieyasu's Passage through Iga 8) Before and After the Battle of Sekigahara 9) Tokugawa(Edo) Period 10) Chronology of Ninja History 3. Ninjutsu and Ningu 1) What is Ninjutsu? 2) Ninjutsu Documents 3) Yonin and Innin 4) The Six Tools of the Ninja 5) Shichihode (Seven Disguises of the Ninja) 6) Ninja Foods 7) Ninja Medicine 8) Koka Medicine and Yamabushi 4. Essays on Ninja (special supplement) 1)Shugen and Ninja 2)Naruto and One Piece Feature (1) Attacks on Oda Nobunaga Feature (2) Koka-ryu Ninjutsu House Feature (3) Was Matsuo Basho a Ninja? Feature (4) Tateoka no Dojun and his mastery of Bakemono-jutsu (ghost technique) Feature (5) Was Kan'ami a Ninja? [Supervisor] Yuji Yamada PhD Professor of history of ancient and medieval Japanese belief systems, Faculty of Humanities, Law and Economics, Mie University. His main publications include Sutokuin onryo no kenkyu (A study of the vengeful spirit of Sutokuin), Shibunkaku Shuppan, 2001; Bakkosuru onryo - tatari to chinkon no Nihonshi (Free-acting vengeful spirits: A Japanese history of curses and spiritual appeasement), Yoshikawa Kobunkan, 2007; Nihon shisoshi koza I kodai (Lectures on Japanese history of thought: ancient times, Volume 1), Perikansha, 2012, co-author.