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Masamune DATE was a well-known daimyo in the Sengoku Period, although he is not as famous as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, yet many of us have heard of his name. It is said that Date family had risen in the Kamakura period, while in the Sengoku Period, due to the achievements and greatness of his ancestors, this family became a established family with a vast territory (now the Tohoku Region in Japan). Born in such family, Masamune DATE became the 17th generation owner of the Date family when he was only 18 years old.
The most famous anecdote of Masamune DATE is that he was called "One-eyed Masamune" because of his blindness in his right eye when he was young. As for the reasons for blindness, it is said that it was sick, but also that it was an accident, in short, there are different opinions. Most images of Masamune we get from TV dramas or movies are a man who used eye masks or bandages to cover his right eye, but in fact he did not wear eye masks and the like.
Masamune DATE ascended on the history stage in the turbulent Sengoku Period with an ambition to unite the nation, he advocates an aggressive system, and at the age of 23, he had occupied the most territory of the country at that time. Later, in the famous Battle of Sekigahara, he formed an alliance with Tokugawa Ieyasu. In 1601, after the victory of Tokugawa, Masamune was granted permission from Tokugawa Ieyasu to establish Sendai Domain, rebuilt Chiyoda City, renamed it "Sendai-jo Castle" and moved to this place. The Castle Town of the Sendai-jo Castle at that time, is the Sendai City today.
Besides the Sendai-jo Castle Ruins, here also have Zuiho-den, the mausoleum where worship Masamune DATE, and the Sendai City Museum where records the life of Masamune DATE and the historical change of Sendai. For those who want to know more about Masamune DATE, shall take the Loople Sendai to look round, we recommend you to visit in the order of Zuiho-den →Museum→ Sendai-jo Castle Ruins!
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