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At what age did samurai children start going into battles in the Sengoku era?

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). ...
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Why did Uesugi Kenshin never marry? Was it common practice for Japanese Buddhists of the time?

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 ...
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What are the various theories behind why Toyotomi Hideyoshi ordered Sen no Rikyu to commit suicide?

I get the impression that the answer is indeed "We don't really know." This page summarizes a 1970s article by Beatrice Bodart, which I was able to find on JSTOR (free to read online if you sign up ...
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Did samurai wear hakama long enough to hide their feet?

Japan, 1860. Samurai. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai) It seems, they had it long. And obviously, in different times they used different lengths. And of course, they used shorter variants when ...
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At what age did samurai children start going into battles in the Sengoku era?

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 ...
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