Nagao Tamekage

Nagao TamekageNagao Tamekage (1489 – January 29, 1543) was a retainer of Japanese feudal lord Uesugi Fusayoshi, and a daimyo in his own right, during Japan's Sengoku period. According to some scholars, such as George Bailey Sansom, Nagao Tamekage's career makes him representative of the emergence of the daimyo, and the shift of regional power from the shugo (constables ), governors, and other government officials to independent lords. He is perhaps best known as the biological father of Nagao Kagetora, who would be adopted into the Uesugi family as Uesugi Kenshin, and would go on to become one of the most famous of all Sengoku period daimyo.

Nagao Masakage

Nagao MasakageNagao Masakage (1526 – August 11, 1564) was the head of the Ueda Nagao clan following the Sengoku period of the 16th century of Japan. Masakage was the brother-in-law of the famous Uesugi Kenshin, the "Dragon of Echigo". Masakage was the father of Uesugi Kagekatsu.

The Woman Behind The Warrior Legends

The woman behind the warrior legendsLust for a woman rather than the clashing of steel swords laid the foundation for a samurai clan that has endured since the Warring States period.
When the powerful warlord Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) took a fancy to a lady called Kitsuno he was about to sow the seeds of the Ikoma military family, who would rule the area now known as Konan in Aichi Prefecture.

Nagao Harukage

Nagao HarukageNagao Harukage (1509 – March 23, 1553) was Uesugi Kenshin's older brother, and successor to his father Nagao Tamekage in 1536.
Harukage succeeded his father Tamekage as the governor of Echigo. He became involved in a civil war with a number of Echigo warlords who supported his younger brother Kagetora (the future Uesugi Kenshin).

Mori Yoshinari

Mori YoshinariMori Yoshinari (1523 – October 19, 1570) was a Japanese samurai of the Sengoku period and the head of the Mori family, who served the Sait? clan. The Sait? were the lords of the Mino province. When the Sait? clan were overthrown by the Oda clan Yoshinari and his family became retainers of Oda Nobunaga.

Mori Terumoto

Mori TerumotoM?ri Terumoto ( February 4, 1553 – June 2, 1625), son of M?ri Takamoto and grandson and successor of the great warlord M?ri Motonari, fought against Toyotomi Hideyoshi but was eventually overcome, participated in the Ky?sh? campaign (1587) on Hideyoshi's side and built Hiroshima Castle, thus essentially founding Hiroshima.

Thanko Foldable Samurai Umbrella

Thanko Foldable Samurai UmbrellaFor this coming rainy season, Thanko released a unique foldable umbrella that might reflect your Samurai soul. It looks like a Japanese sword and its handle part is designed like a decorative hilt. We've seen samurai/ninja sword umbrellas before, but this one folds.

Mori Takamoto

Mori TakamotoBorn in Tajihi, Aki province, Takamoto was sent at the age of 14 to Suo province as a hostage of ?uchi Yoshitaka. This was done to ensure his father's loyalties to ?uchi. He was allowed to return home in 1540, three years later, to the M?ri castle of Yoshida K?riyama.

Samurai Warlords Resurrected In Nagoya

Samurai warlords resurrected in NagoyaTears were shed and sobbing was heard after three fearsome samurai warlords announced they would leave the battlefield to pursue fame and fortune in show-biz.
Just past noon on March 29, 2,000 or so fans gathered at Nagoya Castle’s Ninomaru Square in drizzly weather to attend a ceremony for the final performances of the actors playing warlords Maeda Toshiie (1538-1599), Maeda Keiji (1541-1612) and Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598). Two performers portraying foot soldiers also bid farewell.

Mori Ranmaru

Mori RanmaruMori Ranmaru (1565–June 21, 1582), also known as Mori Naritoshi was the son of Mori Yoshinari, and had 5 brothers in total, from the province of Mino. He was a member of the Mori Clan, descendants of the Seiwa Genji.