Oda Nobunaga: The First Unifier of Japan

Oda Nobunaga Oda Nobunaga was the first unifier of Japan. He became known during the Sengoku Jidai or better known as Japan’s Age of Warring States. It was a time[... ]

The Role of Castles in the Samurai Battles

The Role of Castles The roles of castles in the Samurai battles differed greatly.  Castle makers used wooden enclosures in the early times. While In the 16th century, it evolved[... ]

Overview of the Japanese Samurai Throughout History: Principles, Weapons, Battles and Aftermath

Overview of the Japanese Samurai The Japanese Samurai, members of the country’s most powerful and prominent military caste, were originally provincial warriors. This was before they rose to power during[... ]

Japan’s Greatest Naval Battle: Dan-no-Ura

Japan’s Greatest Naval Battle The Dan no Ura is the continuation of the Taira and Minamoto clans series of battles that starts at Ichi-no-Tani. It comprises the grand Genpei War[... ]

Samurai & Ashigaru in the Battlefield

Samurai & Ashigaru During the ancient periods, the Samurai and the Ashigaru had a variety of processes on the battlefield. This took many hours to plan, strategize and perfect. Approaching[... ]

Anegawa Battle: The Samurai Bloodbath

Anegawa Battle The Battle of Anegawa is one of the biggest bloodbaths of the Samurai in the history of Japan. It occurred in the year 1570 in the latter part[... ]

The Meiji Period – A Time of Change & a Future of Development

The Meiji Period  The Meiji period was among the most important times in Japanese history. In the year 1868 of Japan’s feudal period, the Tokugawa Shogun who ruled the country[... ]

Ichi-no-Tani Battle: The Fall of the Fortress

Ichi-no-Tani Battle The Ichi-no-Tani battle was one of the highlights of the Genpei war in the 12th century of Japan’s medieval period. And was a very momentous event for the[... ]

The Toyotomi Clan – The Loyal Vassal of Lords

The Toyotomi Clan Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a Daimyo from the Toyotomi clan which played a vital role in Japan’s history. Yet only a few of them were greatly significant such[... ]

Tokugawa Shogunate – A Period of Peace and Pre-Modernization

Tokugawa Shogunate The Tokugawa Shogunate is commonly referred to as the Edo or the Tokugawa Bakufu. This was the last military government of feudal Japan. During this period, Japan was[... ]