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The Japanese sword ( tachi and katana) became renowned around the world for its sharpness and resistance to breaking. When Hideyoshi died in 1598, Ieyasu was one of the Council of Five Elders selected to administer the newly unified country until Hideyoshi's 5-year-old son, Hideyori, came of age. His brilliant defense of Ueda Castle in Nagano ensured that Tokugawa Hidetada's 40,000 troops wouldn't arrive in time to support his father, Ieyasu, at the decisive Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.

Early in his career he defeated several members of the Yoshioka school, thus ending the reign of Kyoto's preeminent school of swordsmanship. The carvers produced ivories in a range of subjects such as farmers, entertainers, artisans, mythological creatures, heroes, deities, bijin (beauties), animals, vases and incense burners some intricately decorated in the Shibayama technique using minute inlays of tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, abalone, coconut shell, horn, coral, amber and jade. Hideyoshi defeated Mitsuhide within a month and was regarded as the rightful successor of Nobunaga by avenging the treachery of Mitsuhide. Two young men: a wildman determined to collect 1000 swords from defeated samurai, and a displaced son of a clan leader, who had spent his childhood on the run.He then traveled Japan in a warrior pilgrimage, or musha shugyo (武者修行) from 1605 to 1612, dueling masters of various schools and weapons. In this style, the number of parts was reduced, and instead armor with eccentric designs became popular.

One text describes a duel in which Musashi fought Shishido, an expert in the kusari gama, a sickle attached to a chain with a steel weight at one end: “Before Shishido could strike with his sickle, Musashi threw his short sword, which pierced Shishido’s chest. While Hideyoshi and Ieyasu reaped the rewards of conquest, Nobunaga is remembered as the greatest warrior of the three.

In 1581, Yasuke was elevated to the rank of samurai and stationed at Azuchi Castle, Nobunaga's crowning glory, where he dined with the warlord and functioned as his personal sword bearer.

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