Two of the most well-known samurai daimyo of Sengoku Era Japan [the historical period between 1477-1600 when everyone bullied peasants and stabbed each other in the back] were
Uesugi Kenshin of Echigo Province
Takeda Shingen of Kai.
If you’re a human being, as soon as you start reading about any two rivals then you’re probably gonna pick a side. In this case, both Kenshin and Shingen were strategic thinkers and decent warriors, though it’s debatable how often they actually had to fight in any battles, and their overall record against each other in direct battle was either a no score draw or a Kenshin victory, depending on the sources. I think some historians give the 4th battle of K River to Shingen due to the fact that he lost fewer men, but this omits the point that the men he did lose included most of his generals, whereas Kenshin only lost ashigaru and a few stray tourists.
Some locals would grab a good seat on a nearby hill and watch the battle, which could backfire fatally if one of the daimyo was a creative thinker and decided to shift the battle to that hill
or if one of the archers was drunk.
Kenshin or Shingen?
If it were a film about the two of them, I would side with Uesugi Kenshin for several reasons.
He trained to be a monk,
He didn’t want to be a leader
He gave salt to Shingen when no one else would
He was the god of battle.
Shingen, on the other hand, was a bit of a twat.
Didn’t he have a secret group of women ninja spies?
Allegedly, yes. They were led by Mochizuki Chiyome and would embed themselves in towns and castles that Shingen wanted to attack at some point, usually acting as shrine maidens, prostitutes or talent agents to get the info their boss needed. Continue reading