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Hideyoshi's Warriors of the Imjin War

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 05:54 AM by leakbrewergator
Updated January 24th, 2016 at 11:09 AM by leakbrewergator

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I really wanted to get back into blogging and I have always had the idea of putting together a list of the notable Samurai that Hideyoshi sent to Korea.

I compiled a list of what I thought were the 50 higher-profile names of the invasion. I then began to write a short biography of each. Once I got about halfway through, I realized that most of these men already have short biographies written by me somewhere else here on Historum. That, coupled with the fact that I am working on a newer subject, that I happen to find more interesting, led to me copping out and deciding to list just about any named Samurai I could find that fought in Korea.

That being said, if you are interested in the exploits of any particular Samurai listed below, let me know and I could provide some details in the comments.

So, for your perusal, and reference, below is a list of 100ish Samurai that fought during the Imjin War for Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Akana Hisauji
Akashi Norizane
Akizuki Tanenaga
Ankokuji Ekei
Arima Harunobu
Asano Chokei
Asano Nagayoshi
Asano Yukinaga
Bessho Yoshihara
Chikushi Hirokado
Chosokabe Motochike
Danzuke Genshiro
Fukushima Masanori
Goto Genga
Goto Sumihara
Hachisuka Iemasa
Hasegawa Hidekazu
Hashiba Hidekatsu
Hayakawa Nagamasa
Hitotsuyanagi Naomori
Horibe Hirotada
Hosokawa Tadaoki
Ikeda Hideshi
Ikoma Chikamasa
Ikoma Kazumasa
Inaba Sadamichi
Ishida Mitsunari
Ito Yuhei
Kakagawa Hidenari
Kakimi Kasunao
Kakiya Tsunefusa
Kato Kiyomasa
Kato Mitsuyasu
Kato Yoshiaki
Keyamura Rokunosuke
Kikkawa Hiroie
Kimura Shigeji
Kimura Shigekore
Kinoshita Shigekata
Kishi Rokudayu
Kiyomizu Yaichiro
Kobayakawa Hideaki
Kobayakawa Hidekane
Kobayakawa Nagamasa
Kobayakawa Takakage
Konishi Yukinaga
Kuki Yoshitaka
Kumagai Naomori
Kuroda Nagamasa
Kuroda Yoshitaka
Kurushima Michifusa
Kurushima Michiyuki
Kutsumi Heizo
Mashita Nagamori
Matsuura Shigenobu
Miyabe Nagahiro
Mori Hidekane
Mori Hidemoto
Mori Terumoto
Mori Yoshimasa
Mori Yoshinari
Nabeshima Katsushige
Nabeshima Naoshige
Nagaoka Tadaoki
Nanjo Motokiyo
Okochi Hidemoto
Okochi Shigeza'emon
Okamoto Gonojo
Ota Kazuyoshi
Otani Yoshitsugu
Omura Yoshiaki
Otomo Yoshimune
Sagara Nagatsune
Sagara Yorifusa
Shimazu Tadatoyo
Shimazu Toyohisa
Shimazu Yoshihiro
So Yoshitoshi
Suimura Hirohide
Tachibana Muneshige
Tachibana Munetora
Takahashi Mototane
Takahashi Munemasa
Takahashi Saboro
Takemaga Gensuke
Todo Katsutaka
Todo Takatora
Tsukashi Jonosuke
Ukita Hideie
Wakizaka Yasuharu
Yanagawa Tsunanobu

Further Reading:

Samuel Hawley - The Imjin War: Japan's Sixteenth Century Invasion of Korea and Attempt to Conquer China
Stephen Turnbull - Samurai Invasion: Japan's Korean War, 1592-1598
Mary Elizabeth Berry - Hideyoshi
Korean Spirit and Culture - Admiral Yi Sun-sin: A Brief Overview of His Life and Achievements
Tadashi Ehara - Daimyo of 1867: Samurai Warlords of Shogun Japan
Tadashi Ehara- Shogun & Daimyo: Military Dictators of Samurai Japan
Stephen Turnbull - The Samurai Sourcebook
E. Papinot - Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan
Stephen Turnbull - Strongholds of the Samurai: Japanese Castles 250-1877.
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  1. Old Comment
    M.E.T.H.O.D.'s Avatar
    Three books by Turnbull mentioned?
    The Invasion of Korea had some of the most flamboyant kabutos in the history of samurai, namely in the person of Kato Kiyomasa, Fukushima Masanori, Konishi Yukinaga and Kuroda Nagamasa.
    Like they didn't only compete for glory but for "style" too...and the competition was fierce.
    Posted January 24th, 2016 at 04:37 PM by M.E.T.H.O.D. M.E.T.H.O.D. is offline
  2. Old Comment
    leakbrewergator's Avatar
    Lol yeah. I actually like Samurai Invasion.

    Samurai Sourcebook is good for a quick reference. I used it to confirm some of the names, so I thought I should list it.

    Strongholds has a pretty decent section on the wajo.
    Posted January 24th, 2016 at 04:46 PM by leakbrewergator leakbrewergator is offline
  3. Old Comment
    M.E.T.H.O.D.'s Avatar
    I use samurai sourcebook as well. It was one of the very first books I bought on the subject and kinda was my samurai-wikipedia before I started using Samurai Archives. Besides the heraldry section, most of the book was quite pleasant to read, definitely better than your average Osprey title.
    Posted January 24th, 2016 at 05:00 PM by M.E.T.H.O.D. M.E.T.H.O.D. is offline
  4. Old Comment
    f0ma's Avatar
    Weren't there Date and Sanada folks in Korea? Memory is hazy
    Posted March 1st, 2016 at 08:55 AM by f0ma f0ma is offline
  5. Old Comment
    leakbrewergator's Avatar
    The Date had a force stationed at invasion headquarters in Nagoya. I don't believe any Date made the trip to Korea. I THINK the Sanada were in the same position. However, I just took a very cursory look through some of my books and found nothing on them. I'll have to do more digging tonight when I get home from work.
    Posted March 2nd, 2016 at 04:04 AM by leakbrewergator leakbrewergator is offline
  6. Old Comment
    Pessimist Crow's Avatar
    Which of the clans sent the most men into Korea? Or is it just a mixed bag of nuts?
    Posted January 27th, 2017 at 08:18 AM by Pessimist Crow Pessimist Crow is offline
  7. Old Comment
    leakbrewergator's Avatar
    It was a good mix. Without having the numbers right in front of me, I would say the Mori had the largest contingent in both invasions, by a pretty substantial margin. After them, it was well dispersed.
    Posted February 14th, 2017 at 03:58 AM by leakbrewergator leakbrewergator is offline

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