“Give the peasants neither life nor death.”
Tokugawa Ieyasu (Japanese: 徳川 家康) (January
32 31, 1543 – June 1, 1616) was a Japanese warlord, who became a shogun, the country's most powerful figure. Showing great patience and persistance, Tokugawa managed to unify Japan under his bloody katana and bring stability to the country.
A fearsome samurai and a smart ruler, Tokugawa served under Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, before being able to sit on the
Iron Throne Bamboo Throne in Tokyo. He was posthumously enshrined at a prestigious Buddhist temple with the name Tōshō Daigongen.
He was born as Matsudaira Takechiyo, named after the protagonist of his father's (Matsudaira Hirotada) favourite anime. Takechiyo was a member of a meaner samurai family, that controlled only one sushi bar. In 1458, Oda Nobuhide (Nobunaga's father) attacked Hirotada, seeking revenge for an old fight over a chick.
During the war, little Takechiyo was captured by Nobuhide's ninjas. Nobuhide threatened to put Takechiyo to death unless Hirotada ask sorry and give him free meals in his restaurant. Hirotada however didn't give a goddamn shit about his son and refused to do so. Nobuhide was no doubt disappointed his scheme had not borne fruit, but did young Takechiyo no harm.
Hirotada and Nobuhide died the very same year. Takechiyo broke free and ran in the fields, happy to see his favourite samurai doll again. When he came of age he chose the name Motoyasu, inspired by his new moto.
As a Samurai
Under Nobunaga and Toyotomi
As a Shogun: The Ultimate Pimp of Japan
Later years and death
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