What was the Battle of Fukuda Bay (1565)?

Introduction The Battle of Fukuda Bay (福田浦の戦い, Fukudaura no tatakai) in 1565 was the first recorded naval battle between Europeans (the Portuguese) and the Japanese. A flotilla of samurai under the daimyō Matsura Takanobu attacked two Portuguese trade vessels that had shunned Matsura’s port in Hirado and had gone instead to trade at Fukuda (now… Read More


What were the Battles of Kawanakajima (1553-1564)?

Introduction The Battles of Kawanakajima (川中島の戦い, Kawanakajima no tatakai) were a series of battles fought in the Sengoku period of Japan between Takeda Shingen of Kai Province and Uesugi Kenshin of Echigo Province from 1553 to 1564. Shingen and Kenshin contested each other for control of the plain of Kawanakajima between the Sai River and… Read More

What was the Siege of Katsurayama (1557)?

Introduction The Siege of Katsurayama in March 1557 was fought between the forces of the Japanese daimyō Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin as part of the Kawanakajima campaigns. Katsurayama castle was a strategically vital Uesugi stronghold in the contested Shinano Province and, when it was isolated from reinforcements due to late snow in early 1557,… Read More

What was the Siege of Katsurao (1553)?

Introduction The 1553 siege of Katsurao was one of many sieges undertaken by the warlord Takeda Shingen in his bid to gain control of Japan’s Shinano province. Outcome He successfully took the fortress from Murakami Yoshikiyo, and seized three more minor fortresses over the next four months, at Wada, Takashima, and Fukuda.

Serving Indolently or Well…

“If a man who serves indolently and a man who serves well are treated in the same way, the man who serves well may begin to wonder why he does so.” Asakura Toshikage (1428 to 1481) Asakura Toshikage was the Daimyo of Echizen, a province on the Japan Seas coastline. Like many of the lords… Read More