The Takeda Family

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Nobutora Takeda
Nobutora Takeda
Three generations of the Takeda Family
Nobutora, Shingen and Katsuyori Takeda

Takeda Nobutora had transferred his estate ( current Takeda Shrine) at Tsutsujigasaki on the land of Aikawa alluvial fan and founded a Kofu castle town in 1519.
Nobutora was one of the dominant military load, vying with the Hojo clan and Imagawa clan, which were strongest powers outside Kofu region. In his own province, he had crushed the local powers, and built up the basis of glorious Takeda family which dominated the region for three generations.

Shingen Takeda
Shingen Takeda

Takeda Harunobu (later renamed Shingen), son of Nobutora, expanded his domain of military and political activities from Kai Province, a local country, to the national stage in Japan, with the strongest Takeda armed forces during the civil war period when military lords vied each other for the hegemony. Harunobu advanced to Suwa Province for the first time with the banner, famous of its slogan "Hurin-kazan". After defeating Suwa, he advanced to Shinano Province. Then with the desire to obtain the province of Echigo, Harunobu fought Kawanakajima Battles with the military load Uesugi Kenshin for several times. After having gained the land of Suruga, he proceeded to the westward for the control of the strategic west routes. On his way to the west dreaming for the control of the country, however, he suffered from illness and ended his life of 53 years with an unfulfilled desire to be the ruler of Japan.

Katsuyori Takeda
Katsuyori Takeda

His son, Katsuyori succeeded Singen, and advanced to Mino Province, but he was defeated by the allied military arimies of the Oda and the Tokugawa clans at Nagashino. After the defeat at the famous Nagashino Battle, theTakeda had lost its zenith with his subjects departing him. Katsuyori was pressed by the allied power of Oda and Tokugawa, and committed suicide at Tenmokuzan, Yamato village; thus the distinguished Takeda family perished.


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