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Around 1542 (the date is not certain) a Chinese junk was blown onto the shores of the island of Tanegashima off the southern coast of Kyushu. On board were three Portuguese travellers, the first Westerners to land on Japanese soil. To Lord Tokitada, the daimyo of Tanegashima, the most strking thing about the stranded Westerners were the guns that two of ...


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There are no set ages for participating in combat. Generally speaking however, the first battle for a young samurai was in their early teens, roughly around 15 years old (opportunities permitting). Examples include Hōjō Ujiyasu at Ozawahara in 1530 (15), Takeda Nobukatsu at Temmokuzan in 1582 (15), and Date Masamune against the Sōma clan in 1581 (14). Cases ...


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Legends around Ninja, the category of men trained for espionage and assassination, begin around the late Heian period in the mountains around Kyoto. In the Kōga and Iga provinces, east of Lake Biwa, entire villages were established to develop this specific set of skills. Ninja were organised in three main classes: Jōnin - Commanded operations and made ...


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This is stated in the Book of Five Rings, written by samurai Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645. Musashi was considered a "sword saint" and an almost supernatural samurai, having never lost a battle. He invented several sword fighting techniques, the most famous of which was the Niten Ichi-ryū. He wrote the book as a sort of reckoning on why he had been so lucky to ...


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The first influence of this kind of the thing is the arms race. In the case of weapons they are always racing against armour. Japanese weapons evolved to the point where they were able to defeat the type of armour they would encounter and Western weapons did the same. Due to the increased diverity of cultures, greater natural resources, farming ...


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See this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_of_the_Sengoku_period_in_popular_culture


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A lot of Buddhists got married in the Sengoku era- and in fact, quite a few daimyo were, like Kenshin, lay monks. Takeda Shingen and Otomo Sorin prior to his conversion to Christianity were two such lay monks, and they were both married and had children. And then, the leader of the Honganji sect, who was always a Buddhist monk, was also an inherited ...


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There is no minimum age for a kid to be officially enlisted in a military unit without performing any duties and with the parent drawing his salary as a form of graft. No doubt babies have been officially enlisted. Judging by several examples from significantly different times and places, it is possible for a child as young as five to be a soldier in some ...



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