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Summary Oda Nobunaga
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infant name .......... Kipposhi
adult name .......... Nobunaga
the meaning of adult name .......... 'nobunaga' = 'grand & lasting' (bliss)
clan name .......... Oda
the meaning of the clan name .......... 'oda' = great field
status .......... married
occupation .......... warlord
original territory .......... Nagoya
latest territory .......... all central Japan
official titles ..........
other title .......... Daijo Daijin (Imperial Prime Minister)*
his real and actual political status .......... overlord of Central Japan .......... equal to Shogun
slogans ............
colors ............ red & black (Taira clan's colors)
negative public appelation in 16th century .......... baka-dono (Lord Fool)
positive public appelation in 21st century .......... Unifier of Japan
negative public appelations in 21st century ..........
birth .......... June 23, 1534
zodiac .......... Cancer Cancer zodiac sign
status in family .......... second son
parent .......... Oda Nobuhide (died in 1549)
pedigree .......... descendant of Taira clan (circa 880)
first home address .......... Nagoya
wife .......... Saito Nou
concubines ..........
most-famous daughter .......... Oda Toku
most-famous sister ..........
Oda Oichi
most-famous brother .......... Oda Nagamasu (1548-1622)
sons in-law ..........

clans in-law ..........

heir .......... Oda Nobutada (1557-1582)
backup heirs ..........
successor as Chief of Oda clan .......... Oda Hidenobu (grandson)
successor as ruler of Japan ........... Toyotomi Hideyoshi (vassal)
deputy .......... never had any
advisor .......... never had any **
age at first war .......... 7 (Nagoya, 1541)
age at last war ......... 49 (Azuchi, 1582)
age at leading clan ......... 19 (Kiyosu, 1553)
age at actual start of nationwide campaign ......... 26 (Kiyosu, 1560)
age at official start of nationwide campaign .......... 33 (Gifu, 1567)

most-famous battles ..........

most-trusted commanders ...........
civil-service & judicial officers ..........
most-famous things that he did outside battlefields ...........
hobbies ...........
favorite weapon ............. archery kit
weapons that he was good at .............. guns, swords, spears, archery kits
martial arts specializations ............... sharp-shooting, swordsplay, archery, cavalry
favorite song ............ "Atsumori"
favorite pet .............. horses
favorite drinks .............. red wine
favorite food ........... rice porridge with chestnuts, sponge cakes, Gifu fish
favorite places ................
private collections ..............
existing architectural legacies .............
best traits ..............
worst traits .............
most-often-heard lines around the house .............
correct adjectives most-often attached to his name .............
wrong adjectives most-often attached to his name ..............
routine wrong impressions about him ............
favorite people .............
people he bowed to ...............
people he respected ..............
people he disliked ..............
famous samurai that became his enemies .............
legendary samurai that became his allies .............
the greatest mistake he ever made ............ giving Akechi Mitsuhide a job in Gifu in 1566
death ............. June 21, 1582
unfulfilled dream ............. sailing across the Pacific Ocean
things that he invented & pioneered .............
last home address ............ Azuchi
posthumous title ............ Owari no Kami (Protector of Owari)
posthumous places in history ............

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Notes :

* Prime Minister Oda Nobunaga : Oda Nobunaga received this title from Emperor Ogimachi in 1578. He didn't want it, but had to accept it for the sake of courtesy. He sent a letter of resignation less than three weeks later, at the first chance to do so without appearing bad-mannered. Oda had never been a sucker for official titles, and until his death he never brought up the subject of whether he would use the title 'Shogun' despite his 'wrong blood' (a Taira clan descendant, not Minamoto or Fujiwara) or not. What mattered to Oda was just that the Emperor recognized his authority as a substitute of a Shogun, and the Emperor had done that since 1568. So, nothing else was needed from him. It took a very long time for the shallow and ordinary Imperial House to comprehend Oda; they thought he was like other warlords who coveted the highest Imperial titles under the Emperor's.

** Hirate Masahide, etc. were only members of the Board of Advisors of Oda Nobuhide's years; Nobunaga didn't resort to this board.

*** 'Architectural legacies' only comprise of structures that Oda Nobunaga built, except the Azuchi castle because it is now inexistent. He renovated castles in Gifu, too.

**** Uesugi Kenshin of Echigo and Mori Motonari of Aki had never been Oda Nobunaga's enemies in the usual sense of the word. There had never been any fight against Mori, and Oda only fought against Uesugi very late in Uesugi's career -- in fact, when the battle ensued, Uesugi had already been nearing death by cancer, and decided to raise up arms against Oda just for the sake of regretting the wasted years of his youth that he had squandered fighting Takeda Shingen of Kai in slight borderline-skirmishes. Both Oda and Uesugi were not really serious about blowing each other off. And Oda Nobunaga only fought against the Mori clan after Motonari had died.

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Summary Toyotomi Hideyoshi
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Tokugawa

infant name ........... Hiyoshi
adult names .............
the meaning of latest adult name ............. 'toyotomi' = bountiful minister,
'hideyoshi' = the good sun
original clan name ............. none*
status ............. married
occupation ............. warlord
original territory .......... Nagahama (given to him by Oda)
latest territory ............ all Japan
official titles ...............
his real and actual political status .............. active ruler of Japan equal to Shogun

positive public appelation in 16th century ...............

Momen Tokichi
(Tokichiro the Cotton)
negative public appelation in 16th century ............. Saru Kuan-ja (the Monkey King)
positive public appelation in 21st century ............. Unifier of Japan
negative public appelations in 21st century .............. none
birth ............... 1536
colors ............ red & gold
status in family .............. first son
parent ............. unknown**
pedigree ............. adopted by Fujiwara clan (he requested it in 1584)
first home address ............. Nakamura village
wife .............. Asano Nene
concubines ..............
daughter in-law .............. Tokugawa Sen

clan in-law ............

Tokugawa
heir ............. Toyotomi Hideyori (1593-1615)
successor as Chief of Toyotomi clan ............. Toyotomi Hideyori (one & only son)
successor as ruler of Japan .............. Tokugawa Ieyasu (vassal)
deputy ............. Army General Hachisuka Hikoemon (1526-1586)
advisor .............. Army General Takenaka Hanbei (1544-1579)
age at first war .............. 24 (Okehazama, 1560)
age at last war .............. 51 (Kyushu, 1587)
age at leading clan ................ 47 (Osaka, 1583)
age at actual start of Oda Nobunaga's nationwide campaign ............. 24 (Kiyosu, 1560)
age at joining Oda Nobunaga ......... 16 (1559, as servant)
age at Oda Nobunaga's official start of nationwide campaign .......... 31 (Gifu, 1567)

most-famous battles ............

most-trusted commanders ...............
favorite knowitall in civil-service & judicial stuff ........... Ishida Mitsunari (1560-1603)
most-famous things that he did outside battlefields ..............
hobbies ..............
favorite weapon ............. diplomacy
weapons that he was good at ............ none
martial arts specializations .............. none
favorite drinks ............ tea
favorite place ............ Osaka castle
private collections .............. tea utensils
adjectives most-often attached to his name ..............
existing architectural legacies ............
best traits .............
worst traits ............
most-often-heard lines around the house ............. "Why isn't anybody laughing?"
favorite people .............
people he bowed to .............
people he respected ...........
people he disliked .............
famous samurai that became his enemies ..............
legendary samurai that became his allies ..............
the greatest mistake he ever made ............. lifting up his nephew to be his heir, and then regretting it, and killed the nephew and everybody of his nuclear family
death ............ 1599
unfulfilled dream .............. adding Korea into Japanese territory
things that he invented & pioneered ........... 'open house' policy to show off his collexion
last home address ........... Osaka
posthumous title ............. Chikuzen no Kami (Protector of Chikuzen)

Notes :

* Original clan name was inexistent, because Toyotomi was born into a peasant's family. The clan name 'Kinoshita' that he claimed to be his father's was his own invention.

** The name of Toyotomi's father was unknown, although he claimed it was 'Kinoshita Yaemon'. Oda Nobunaga never cared about things like pedigree, so he didn't even bother to probe into it.

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Summary Tokugawa Ieyasu
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Tokugawa

infant name ............ Takechiyo
original adult name .......... Motoyasu
the meaning of original adult name ............. 'calm'
invented adult name ............. Ieyasu
the meaning of the invented adult name ............ 'house of peace'
original clan name ............ Matsudaira
the meaning of the original clan name ............. nothing; it was a place name
invented clan name ............. Tokugawa
the meaning of the invented clan name .......... 'bamboo river'
status ............ married
occupation ............. warlord
original territory ........... Mikawa
latest territory ........... all Japan
official titles .............

positive public appelation in 16th century ............

none
colors............ white & black (Minamoto clan's color)
negative public appelation in 16th century ........... 'Lord Pennypincher'
positive public appelation in 21st century .............. Unifier of Japan
negative public appelations in 21st century ........... none
adjectives most-often attached to his name ............
birth ............. 1543
status in family ............ first son
parent .......... Matsudaira Hirotada (1526-1549)
pedigree ......... descendant of Minamoto clan (circa 880)
first home address .......... Okazaki
wife ............. Imagawa Tsukiyama
concubines ............. there were some, but unknown, except Lady Imagawa's chambermaid who got pregnant of Tokugawa Ieyasu's second son
most-famous son .......... Tokugawa Hidetada
most-famous grandson ...........
Tokugawa Iemitsu
most-famous grand-daughter .......... Tokugawa Sen
son in-law ......... Toyotomi Hideyori

clans in-law .............

heir ........... Tokugawa Hidetada
successor as Chief of Tokugawa clan .......... Tokugawa Hidetada (son)
successor as ruler of Japan .......... Tokugawa Hidetada (son)
deputy ........... never trusted anyone enough for delegating authority
advisor ........... Kaisen (Zen monk)
age at first war .......... 15 (Owari-Mikawa borders, 1558)
age at last war ............ 62 (Osaka, 1615)
age at leading clan .......... 17 (Okazaki, 1560)
age at Oda Nobunaga's actual start of nationwide campaign ............. 17 (Okazaki, 1560)
age at joining Oda Nobunaga in his nationwide campaign ............. 18 (1561, as ally)
age at Oda Nobunaga's official start of nationwide campaign ............ 24 (Okazaki, 1567)

most-famous battles ..............

most-trusted commanders .............
most-famous things that he did outside battlefields .............
hobbies .............. collecting had its political value
favorite weapon ............. swords
weapons that he was good at ............. swords
martial arts specializations ........... swordsplay
favorite place ............. Sumpu castle  
private collection .......... tea utensils
architectural legacies .............
best traits .............
worst traits ..............
most-often-heard lines around the house .............. nothing, because he talked in a very low key and rarely
favorite people ............. none
people he bowed to ...............
people he respected ............
people he disliked ............ lavish spenders, like Toyotomi
famous samurai that became his enemies ................
legendary samurai that became his allies ..............
the greatest mistake he ever made ............ didn't save his first son from death that actually could have been prevented
death ............ 1616
unfulfilled dream ................ none
things that he invented & pioneered ........... feudal system that worked in peace
last home address ............. Sumpu
posthumous title .......... Mikawa no Kami (Protector of Mikawa)

 

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