Episode 99 – The Tiger and the Dragon

This week: what does it take to be part of Japan’s most infamous warlord duo? We explore the lives of Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin, their relationship with each other, and the ways in which their rivalry has been romanticized over the course of Japanese history.

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

Sansom, George B. A History of Japan, Vol II: 1337-1615

“Review: Legends of the Samurai by Hiroaki Sato”, by G. Cameron Hurst, Monumenta Nipponica 52, No 3

Hurst, G. Cameron, The Armed Martial Arts of Japan.

Images

The provinces of the Takeda and Uesugi -- Kai Province (Takeda) in Red, Echigo (Uesugi) in Purple, Shinano (the buffer province over which they fought) in green.
The provinces of the Takeda and Uesugi — Kai Province (Takeda) in Red, Echigo (Uesugi) in Purple, Shinano (the buffer province over which they fought) in green.
Takeda Shingen.
Takeda Shingen.
Uesugi Kenshin.
Uesugi Kenshin.
A reproduction of Takeda Shingen's rather striking armor design.
A reproduction of Takeda Shingen’s rather striking armor design.
An Edo era depiction of the confrontation between Shingen and Kenshin at the fourth battle of Kawanakajima.
An Edo era depiction of the confrontation between Shingen and Kenshin at the fourth battle of Kawanakajima.
A separate Edo period depiction of the Battle of Kawanakajima.
A separate Edo period depiction of the Battle of Kawanakajima.
The mythical duel between Kenshin (right) and Shingen (left).
The mythical duel between Kenshin (right) and Shingen (left).
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