Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Battle of Sekigahara Beer - Japanese "Hic!" History


A couple of years I went to a festival to celebrate one of the most famous and decisive battles in Japanese history - the Battle of Sekigahara. Two great armies fought for supremacy of Japan in 1600 and the outcome changed the history of Japan.

At the festival I bought 5 locally-brewed beers which were based on 5 of the leaders at the battle. I originally planned to talk about the beer but got sidetracked and talked more about the battle, Japanese history, and the individuals the beers were commemorating.

Instead of making the viewer suffer thru an entire hour I broke into 5 parts. This part is on the leader of the Western Army - Ishida Mitsunari. He was commoner who like his master Toyotomi Hideyoshi rose to great fame and power but unlike Toyotomi, Mitsunari was not well-loved and this came to haunt him at the Battle of Sekigahara.

All video was shot by me and most of the photos are from me or Wikipedia.


Ukita Hidiei owed a lot to Toyotomi Hideyoshi and had little problem fighting against Tokugawa. Ukita lost his castle as a result to the turnout Kobayakawa Hideaki.


Konishi Yukinaga was a Christian warlord. When Europeans arrived in the 1540s they changed Japan in many ways introducing guns and God. I also talk about the samurai practice of seppuku.


Shimazu Yoshihiro was a Kyushu samurai who fought in the Korean Campaigns. He was a noted warrior who loved to fight. As the Western Army fell to pieces at Sekigahara, he wanted to make a suicidal dash at Tokugawa himself.


Otani Yoshitsugu. Otani is the tragic hero of Sekigahara especially at the festival of the Battle of Sekigahara. He was suffering from leprosy and could barely walk by the time of the battle. Whereas as others fought for reward or hostility against one of the leaders of the armies, Otani fought for the sake of friendship as he admired Mitsunari's character.

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Vagabond traveler currently hold up in Tokyo. I've done a far bit of traveling and had a few interesting adventures along the way. This blog is a chronicle of adventures past and present and those yet to come. I’ve been to about 30 countries though some no bigger than a kitchen table. I’ve run with the bulls of Pamplona, hiked the Inca Trail, got mugged in Mexico City, floated down the Nile in an old boat, climbed the Great Pyramid of Egypt, got ripped at Oktoberfest, and rode the notorious Tokyo Yamanote Halloween Party Train.