Shogun Daruma Sanada


Shogun Daruma 武将達磨

In memory of the samurai Sanada Yukimura 真田幸村.

Daruma Doll with the six mon coins on the front
武将達磨 Shogun Daruma
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pure silk strap for a cell phone
with Sanada Daruma

The town of Kudoyama 九度山 useses these goods fro promotion.

More about the
. Sanada himo 真田紐 Sanada-himo ribbon  
flat, braided cotton cord

Sanada Goods 真田グッズ


Sanada Masayuki (真田昌幸)
(1544 (1547?) - July 13, 1611) was a Japanese Sengoku period daimyo. He was the third son of Sanada Yukitaka, a vassal daimyo to the Takeda family in Shinano province. He is known as a master strategist. Sanada Nobuyuki and Sanada Yukimura were his sons.

Even though Masayuki was never able to expand his territories as well as other daimyo, he is nevertheless often considered a talented daimyo, doomed by misfortune and the inconvenient terrains which surrounded his home domain. Toyotomi Hideyoshi had called Masayuki a person whose inside did not match his outside, that his allegiance was fickle and not to be trusted. Nevertheless, it was exactly his drifting alliances that helped the Sanada clan survive the onslaught of hostile clans, and, since the Edo period, he has been more extolled than vilified.
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Sanada Saemon-no-Suke Yukimura
(真田 左衛門佐 幸村)

(Sanada Yukimura, 1567–June 3, 1615) was a Japanese samurai, second son of the Sengoku period daimyo Sanada Masayuki (1544-1611). His proper name was Sanada Nobushige (真田信繁), named after Takeda Shingen's younger brother Takeda Nobushige (武田信繁), who was a brave and respected warrior. Sanada Yukimura was called "A Hero who may appear once in hundred years" and "crimson demon of war", and Shimazu Tadatsune (島津忠恒, arguably the best performer in the invasion of Korea) called him the "number one warrior in Japan." ("日本一の兵", 兵 means soldier originally, but here it is read as "tsuwamono" which means samurai or warrior, so it is not appropriate to translate it as soldier.)

A legend says that Yukimura had ten heroes who took an active role at the battles of Osaka Castle. They were called the Sanada Ten Braves (真田十勇士, Sanada Jūyūshi), a group of ten ninja.

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Ten Ninja Handtowel

Sanadamaru, Sanada Maru 真田丸 Drama by NHK
a small fortification attached to Osaka castle. It is famous for being impregnable and playing a key role in defending the castle in the winter of 1615. Later, it was forcefully destroyed despite being exempt from the reconciliation condition.
- ... The attack on Sanada Maru began on December 4. Yukimura and about 6-7,000 men defended Sanada Maru against Tokugawa forces of approximately 10-30,000 men. The Tokugawa forces were repeatedly repelled, and Sanada's troops launched a number of counterattacks, even breaking through the siege lines.
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. Koodaiji 高台寺 Kodai-Ji . Kyoto
Nene prayed here for her husband, Hideyoshi.


Roku Mon, rokumonsen,
six MON coins of old money,
an expression for the money you have to pay at the ferry over the river Sansu to the other world. Many Japanese kept roku mon under their pillow, just in case they die and needed it over night.

Here they are arranged as Japanese family crests. Roku Mon was the family crest of the famous samurai clan of the SANADA. Sanada Masayuki is expecially famous, because he fought bravely against Tokugawa Ieyasu.

rokumonsen and Haiku

. Sanzu no Kawa 三途の川 River Sanzu, on the way to hell .


. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

真田石 and more
- source : nichibun yokai database -
44 to explore


This year the long NHK tv drama "Ten Chi Jin" features some young samurai and more SHOGUN DARUMA 武将達磨 have appeared

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Naoe Kanetsugu 直江兼続公
with the character AI 愛 on the helmet
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. Toyotomi Hedeyoshi 豊臣秀吉 .
Taiko Hideyoshi 太閤秀吉 (1537 - 1598)



鳴かぬなら 鳴かせてみせよう ホトトギス
nakanu nara nakasete miseyoo hototogisu

If the bird does not sing,
I will make it sing!

The famous comparison of three famous warlords
Nobunaga, Hideyoshi and Ieyasu
and their approach to make a cuckoo (hototogisu) sing:

Here is the famous story to shed light on the temperament of the three most famous warlords in Japanese history:
When confronted with a nightingale in a cage, which would not sing, each had his own approach to this situation.

. Hototogisu and the three warlords  




1 comment:

Res's Writing and Poetry said...

I was interested to read of the keeping of coins to pay the ferry trip across the river Sansu.
The Greeks had a similar belief that they had to pay the ferryman to cross the river Styxx to the underworld. Greek fishermen and sailors, not trusting the seas to allow friends or family to put the coin in the mouth would wear one as an earring.