6th Generation Brewer Sato Jumpei's Resume
My Favourite Military Commander is Takeda Shingen ("TATENOKAWA" Newspaper 10/10/2013）
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In the last issue, I wrote that one of my favourite military commanders of the Sengoku Era is Takeda Shingen. If I were to explain what I like about him, I would probably have to say that it is the fact that he formed and lead one of the strongest cavalries in history.
Up until the Katsuyori Era when he was defeated by Oda Nobunaga’s matchlock-armed-infantry, he was the sort of military commander whose superiority was acknowledged by all Daimyos of the Sengoku Era.
Additionally he was served by a number of very capable generals. They were referred to as the 'famous 24 generals' and in recent years have featured in serial dramas as the main character: Yamamoto Kansuke, Itagaki, Sanada, Yamagata, Baba, Kosaka, Akiyama, Naito etc — I think it was a very distinguished line-up.
With such an army, Takeda Shingen had set his sights on the capital Kyoto, but he succumbed to illness along the way.
I often wonder, as a sort of ‘what if’ scenario, what life would be like now had he somehow become the ruler.
I think as an era it would have played out very differently to the ones ruled by Oda Nobunaga, Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Thank you for reading until the end.
6th Generation Brewer Sato Jumpei