A Hundred Generals Brave in Battle at Kawanakajima

(Kawanakajima hyaku yűsh˘ sen no uchi, 川中嶌百勇將戦之内)

c. 1845

 

Takeda Shingen of Kai Province conquered Shinano Province in 1547, expelling Murakami Yoshiharu and Ogasawara Nagatoki, who turned to Uesugi Kenshin of Echigo Province for help.á A series of battles between the forces of Takeda Shingen and the forces of Uesugi Kenshin were fought on the plain of Kawanakajima in the northern Shinano Province near the modern-day city of Nagano.á The five major battles took place in 1553, 1555, 1557, 1561 and 1564.á The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.

 

Title: Famous general, Takeda Harunobu Nyudo Shingen (Meisho Takeda Harunobu Nyűd˘ Shingen, 明將武田晴信入道信玄)

General: Takeda Harunobu Nyűd˘ Shingen wearing a horned helmet and raising his war-fan above his head

Side: Takeda Shingen

Publisher: Kiyomizu-ya Naojir˘

Robinson: S34.1

 

 

Title: Takeda Inashir˘ Katsuyori (武田伊奈四郎勝頼)

General: The young Takeda Inashir˘ Katsuyori with a robe over his armor holding a fan

Side: Takeda Shingen

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

Robinson: S34.2

 

 

Title: Honorable General Takeda Sama-no-suke (Gisho Takeda Sama-no-suke, 義將武田佐馬之助)

General: Takeda Sama-no-suke (Nobushige) in armor grasping a generalĺs baton

Side: Takeda Shingen

Publisher: Kojima or Manju

Robinson: S34.3

 

 

Title: Military Strategist Yamamoto Kansuke (Gunshi Yamamoto Kansuke Nyudo Haruyuki, 軍師山本勘助入道晴幸)

General: Yamamoto Kansuke Nyűd˘ Haruyuki D˘kisai mortally wounded with arrows grasping his spear

Side: Takeda Shingen

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

Robinson: S34.4

 

 

Title: Hara Hayato-no-sh˘ (原隼之正)

General: Hara Hayato-no-sh˘ bareheaded in armor holding his spear

Side: Takeda Shingen

Publisher: Kiyomizu-ya Naojir˘

Robinson: S34.5

 

 

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Title:

General: Nait˘ Shuri Masatoyo grasping the shaft of his naginata amid clouds and lightning

Side: Takeda Shingen

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

Robinson: S34.6

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Title: Sanada Kihei Masayuki, sixteen years, first time in battle (Juroku-sai uijin Sanada Kihei Masayuki, 拾六才初陣真田喜兵衛昌幸)

General: Sanada Kihei Masayuki bareheaded with a two-bladed spear (hoku) over his shoulder

Side: Takeda Shingen

Publisher: Yamashiro-ya Heisuke

Robinson: S34.7

 

 

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Title:

General: Uesugi Kenshin

Side: Uesugi Kenshin

Publisher:

Robinson: S34.8 (listed as not seen)

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Title:

General: Amakasu ďmi no Kami bareheaded in profile making a stroke with his naginata

Side: Uesugi Kenshin

Publisher: Yamashiro-ya Heisuke

Robinson: S34.9

 

Image courtesy of Richard Illing

 

 

Title: Heroic General Arakawa Izu no Kami (Yusho Arakawa Izu no Kami, 勇將荒川伊豆守)

General: Arakawa Izu no Kami bareheaded in armor under the streamers of his standard

Side: Uesugi Kenshin

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

Robinson: S34.10

 

 

Title: Heroic General Nagao Echizen-no-kami Masakage (Yusho Nagao Echizen-no-kami Masakage, 勇將長尾越前守政景)

General: Nagao Echizen no Kami Masakage wearing a helmet with a cape attached

Side: Uesugi Kenshin

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

Robinson: S34.11

 

 

 

Title: Wise General Chisho Naoe Yamashiro-no-kami Kanetsugu (Chisho Naoe Yamashiro-no-kami Kanetsugu, 智將直江山城守兼續)

General: Naoe Yamashiro no Kami Kanetsugu in a horned helmet carrying a spear

Side: Uesugi Kenshin

Publisher: Kojima or Manju

Robinson: S34.12

ôRobinsonö refers to listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.

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