Favourite Samurai warrior?

Rasta

Ad Honoris
Aug 2009
21,071
Minnesnowta
I know there was an historical fiction novel written about it by Luo Guanzhang, I think the historical fiction is even better. it is considered one of the great classics of china. Liken it to the illiad only 400x better imo.

It's not about samurai, it's about China, but it's great.
Nice. Thanks for thoes! :)
 
Sep 2009
90
NC United States
Yeah, Musashi was awesome too, the fight you are referring too took place on an island, and the guy he was fighting, I forget his name off hand, was the Shogun’s fencing teacher and at the time believed to be the best fighter in Japan. He was the model samurai and turned up dressed immaculately, with his pristine weapons.

Musashi was a master at headology though. He turned up 2 hours late, dressed like a tramp with a sword he had calved out of an oar on the boat ride to the island. This infuriated his opponent which would have affected his fighting ability; Musashi cut him down in 2 moves.
His opponent was Kojiro Sasaki, he was also a very good fencer, but Musashi...one uped him lol.
 
Sep 2009
90
NC United States
Sep 2009
90
NC United States
I know there was an historical fiction novel written about it by Luo Guanzhang, I think the historical fiction is even better. it is considered one of the great classics of china. Liken it to the illiad only 400x better imo.

It's not about samurai, it's about China, but it's great.
Romance of the three kingdoms? is that it? if so i only got to read about half of it...:( but i want to purchase it sometime though and re-read it, so many heroes in that novel. I got to give it to zhao yun...or whatever they call him in the novel...i forgot but his name is diffrent.
 

DIVUS IVLIVS

Ad Honoris
Jan 2008
18,740
Virginia
Romance of the three kingdoms? is that it? if so i only got to read about half of it...:( but i want to purchase it sometime though and re-read it, so many heroes in that novel. I got to give it to zhao yun...or whatever they call him in the novel...i forgot but his name is diffrent.
In china during that era everyone was given an "Honor name", so for example Liu Bei, his honor name was "Xuande".

Yes it is that very novel.

I started re-reading it again after this discussion. You're correct though, the middle is a little challenging, but once you get through the 14ish short chapters ion the middle with limited action, it is great again.
 

okamido

Forum Staff
Jun 2009
29,885
land of Califia
Since Minomoto no Tametomo has already been represented, I shall through out a lesser known name, one Kusunoki Mashishige. A military leader for the Emperor Go-Daigo under that Emperor's civil war with the Hojo clan for control of the country, Kusunoki fought many "harrasment" battles against the Hojo that culminated in the Hojo's siege of Kusunoki at his makeshift mountain fortress at Chihaya. With the Hojo's inability to take this fortified position, many samurai clans that supported them melted away. One in particular, the Ashikaga turned in favor of the Emperor and turned on the Hojo clan, thus ending their supremity and securing the rights of the Emperor. Unforunately, the Ashikaga then later turned on the Emperor in their quest to create their own bakufu, and on orders from the Emperor, and against his own judgement, Kusunoki met the forces of the Ashikaga in a pitched battle where he would lose his life for his Emperor.
 

DIVUS IVLIVS

Ad Honoris
Jan 2008
18,740
Virginia
Since Minomoto no Tametomo has already been represented, I shall through out a lesser known name, one Kusunoki Mashishige. A military leader for the Emperor Go-Daigo under that Emperor's civil war with the Hojo clan for control of the country, Kusunoki fought many "harrasment" battles against the Hojo that culminated in the Hojo's siege of Kusunoki at his makeshift mountain fortress at Chihaya. With the Hojo's inability to take this fortified position, many samurai clans that supported them melted away. One in particular, the Ashikaga turned in favor of the Emperor and turned on the Hojo clan, thus ending their supremity and securing the rights of the Emperor. Unforunately, the Ashikaga then later turned on the Emperor in their quest to create their own bakufu, and on orders from the Emperor, and against his own judgement, Kusunoki met the forces of the Ashikaga in a pitched battle where he would lose his life for his Emperor.
Good choice, I would also like to present Katsuie Shibata and Morimasa Sakuma. Katsuie was known as "The Devil," and was known for his suicidal rage and psychopathic, death defying acts of bravery on the battlefield. Morimasa Sakuma was one of those guys who charged blindly into any enemy, regardless of their numbers.
 
Sep 2009
90
NC United States
In china during that era everyone was given an "Honor name", so for example Liu Bei, his honor name was "Xuande".

Yes it is that very novel.

I started re-reading it again after this discussion. You're correct though, the middle is a little challenging, but once you get through the 14ish short chapters ion the middle with limited action, it is great again.
Yeah i will purchase it, and oddly enough its still rather expensive on amazon, but oh well a great read.
 

Salah

Forum Staff
Oct 2009
23,284
Maryland
Since Minomoto no Tametomo has already been represented, I shall through out a lesser known name, one Kusunoki Mashishige. A military leader for the Emperor Go-Daigo under that Emperor's civil war with the Hojo clan for control of the country, Kusunoki fought many "harrasment" battles against the Hojo that culminated in the Hojo's siege of Kusunoki at his makeshift mountain fortress at Chihaya. With the Hojo's inability to take this fortified position, many samurai clans that supported them melted away. One in particular, the Ashikaga turned in favor of the Emperor and turned on the Hojo clan, thus ending their supremity and securing the rights of the Emperor. Unforunately, the Ashikaga then later turned on the Emperor in their quest to create their own bakufu, and on orders from the Emperor, and against his own judgement, Kusunoki met the forces of the Ashikaga in a pitched battle where he would lose his life for his Emperor.
You beat me to it, okamido! I read about Kusunoki in a Stephen Turnbull book and found his loyalty to be inspiring...
 

okamido

Forum Staff
Jun 2009
29,885
land of Califia
You beat me to it, okamido! I read about Kusunoki in a Stephen Turnbull book and found his loyalty to be inspiring...
An equally poignant story is the one about Kusunoki's son when he reached manhood to take his father's place.