Sumary of In search of Shingen Takeda: the greatest feudal lord of his age:
- December 1 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Shingen Takeda (1521-1573), a daimyo (feudal lord) widely regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of Japan’s Warring States Period (1467-1615).
- Shingen’s military expeditions saw him conquer neighboring Shinano Province (modern day Nagano Prefecture) and also engage in a protracted war with his arch-enemy, Kenshin Uesugi (1530-1578), lord of Echigo Province (modern day Niigata Prefecture).
- Shingen’s prowess as a military strategist earned him the nickname “The Tiger of Kai.
- To learn more about this man’s life and legacy, there are several fascinating locations not far from JR Kofu station that are specifically associated with Shingen.
- Photo: Vicki L Beyer Takeda Shrine and the Shingen Museum Takeda Shrine was built in 1919 on the site of Shingen’s former residence.
- Unlike many daimyo who lived in palaces on well-fortified castle grounds, Shingen, who was well known for taking the fight to his enemies, did not maintain a castle with extensive defensive features.