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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:13 pm    Post subject: Rekishi Jin Magazine's Top Swordsmen Picks Reply with quote
I know I don't post much these days, but I thought this was worth sharing.

Rekishi Jin Magazine’s March edition has its picks for Japan’s top swordsmen of different eras. Had to get it to see what it was all about and got a few giggles and raised eyebrows from it. Here are their picks.

Warring States Period
1. Kami Izumi Ise no Kami Nobutsuna
2. Tsukahara Bokuden Takamoto
3. Toda Gorōrozaemon Seigen
4. Iizasa Chōisai Ienao
5. Yagyū Sekishūsai Muneyoshi
6. Tōgō Hizen no Kami Shgetaka
7. Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu
8. Itō Itōsai Kagehisa
9. Ashikaga Yoshiteru
10. Marume Kurando no Suke Nakayoshi

Unification Period
1. Yagyū Tajima no Kami Munenori
2. Toda Echigo no Kami Shigemasa
3. Ono Jirōemon Tadaaki
4. Yagyū Hyōgo no Suke Toshitoshi
5. Tamiya Heibei Shigemasa
6. Kawasaki Jirōdayū
7. Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi
8. Araki Mataemon
9. Horibe Yasubei
10. Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi

Bakumatsu Period
1. Otani Seiichirō Nobutoshi
2. Hirayama Gyōzō
3. Yamaoka Tesshū
4. 4. Momonoi Shinsō Naomasa
5. Saiyō Yakurō
6. Takayanagi Matashirō
7. Terada Gorōemon
8. Chiba Shūsaku Narishige
9. Saitō Hajime
10. Kondō Isami

Outlaws/Swordsmen
1. Miyamoto Musashi
2. Sasaki Kojirō
3. Ōishi Susumo
4. Shimada Toranosuke
5. Morooka Iba
6. Yoshioka Seijirō Shigekata
7. Sakakibara Kenkichi
8. Iba Hachirō Hidesato
9. Kawakami Gensai
10. Okada Izō
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ashikaga Yoshiteru is the one that first caused me to raise an eyebrow; I never thought of him as a swordsman. Many of the others are obvious choices, but there are some names I don't immediately recognize in the list.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
JLBadgley wrote:
Ashikaga Yoshiteru is the one that first caused me to raise an eyebrow; I never thought of him as a swordsman. Many of the others are obvious choices, but there are some names I don't immediately recognize in the list.

-Josh


I think the legend was that when he was attacked in Nijo palace he defended himself with a number of swords he had stuck blade first in the floor, and as each one broke he'd grab another, and eventually left a dozen of his attackers dead before he was killed. Which is pretty bad ass if true.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
kitsuno wrote:
I think the legend was that when he was attacked in Nijo palace he defended himself with a number of swords he had stuck blade first in the floor, and as each one broke he'd grab another, and eventually left a dozen of his attackers dead before he was killed. Which is pretty bad ass if true.


He was quite well known (in history books, anyways) for his individual prowess with a sword. Supposedly invited Tsukuhara Bokuden to Kyoto to teach him for a time. Now, how much of this is reality, and how much of it is romanticized, I have no idea.
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