Ashigaru

Conscripted foot-soldiers of medieval Japan.

Daimyo

Regional ruler, similar to a duke.

Emperor

Spiritual ruler of Japan. He kept no armies.

Oda Nobunaga

The initiator of the unification of Japan under the rule of the shogun.

Samuari

The warrior class of Japan.

Shogun

Chief military commander of Japan.

Tokugawa Ieyasu

The founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan which ruled from 1600 until 1868.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi

A daimyo who unified the political factions of Japan after succeeding Oda Nobunaga.

Toyotomi Hideyori

The sun and successor of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Glossary

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