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Today’s topic is about the end of the chaotic Sengoku era, and how Masamune lived after the war.
Nobunaga Oda was the first person with the potential of having a ruling influence over all of Japan, but he was betrayed by Mitsuhide Akechi, one of his vassals. Mitsuhide raided Honnouji Temple one night while his master was staying there — Nobunaga knew how smart Mitsuhide was, so he chose to commit suicide rather than concede.
Hideyoshi Toyotomi was also one of Nobunaga’s vassals. He avenged Nobunaga by killing Mitsuhide and succeeded Nobunaga’s position, but was not powerful enough to control all of Japan, and was thus unable to maintain as strong an influence as he desired. Ieyasu Tokugawa and some other local lords refused to follow Hideyoshi’s son after Hideyoshi’s death. In the end, the battle of Sekigahara, the largest battle of the Sengoku era, broke out in 1600. Masamune fought for Ieyasu, and their side won the battle. Ieyasu began the Tokugawa Shogunate, and Masamune became one of the central minds of the new government.
Once the war was over, Masamune concentrated on developing his region. His region became famous for huge harvests of high-quality white rice. Masamune also created a port from which to transport the rice to Edo (currently known as Tokyo). Masamune died of cancer at the age of 70 while staying at his mansion in Edo. His casket was moved back to his region in a parade, in the same manner as when he was still alive. The Tokugawa Shogunate ordered a 7-day period of mourning even for the people of Edo. Although he died around 400 years ago, and he never attained the highest position in the central government, Masamune has consistently been one of Japan’s most famous historical figures. His flashy and playful character, bold decisions, thrilling political deals, and of course, his highly recognizable appearance with the eyepatch, have all left strong impressions. He has been chosen again and again to be the main character of all different kinds of media, including novels, TV dramas, anime, games, manga, etc., and now a Super Dollfie!
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