Tokugawa Ieyasu Biography
The Japanese feudal period that started in the 15th century would endure for two hundred years of violent turmoil with local warlords or daimyo as they were known all vying for supremacy.
Japan needed a change of direction as it was crying out for a strong leader to unite the country and this leader was to come from the most unlikeliest of circumstances in the form of a minor warlords son called Tokugawa Ieyasu. Matsudaira Takechiyo was his birth name and he would change his name on many occasions depending on the clan allegiance he was loyal to.
It was a custom to use children as hostage guarantees in feudal Japan and as a 5 year old boy the young Tokogawa succumbed to this fete and actually benefitted from it by receiving a good education during his formative years.
Once he came of age he entered the feudal system and spent 6 decades in a successful military career that culminated in the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 where his army emerged victorious making him the powerful man in Japan. The subsequent years saw him consolidating his power and rendering vast swathes of land free from the fear of the violent daimyo.
In 1603 the emperor Go-Yōzei who was symbolically important without holding the reins of power gave Ieyasu the title of Shogun and the system of rule he put into place would become known as the Tokugawa shogunate and it would to maintain power for the next 3 centuries.
Ieyasu established his name as one of the most significant figures in Japanese history and is remembered proudly as a unifying warrior, statesman and the first Tokugawa shogun that led to the dynasty of the Tokugawa shogunate, he was also good for a one liner so here is my compilation of 12 of the best Tokugawa Ieyasu quotes
Quotes About Tokugawa Ieyasu
The eminent oriental historian Arthur Lindsay Sadler described him thus:
"Tokugawa Ieyasu is unquestionably one of the greatest men the world has yet seen"
The Japanese historian Stephen Turnbull called him:
"One of the most successful rulers in Japanese history and one of the most cunning military strategists in world history"
The scholar Gregory Bornmann talked of his legacy:
"Tokugawa law ultimately contributed to the economic success of what was to become modern Japan"