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The word "Ashigaru / 足軽" refers to foot soldiers who were conscripted at times of war. During the Warring States period, the Ashigaru were frequently utilized in military units comprised of archers and riflemen, however, during the Edo period they were the lowest-ranking samurai and did not play the active role they once did.

The word "Ashigaru / 足軽" refers to foot soldiers who were conscripted at times of war. During the Warring States period, the Ashigaru were frequently utilized in military units comprised of archers and riflemen, however, during the Edo period they were the lowest-ranking samurai and did not play the active role they once did.

Bronze ox inlaid with silver, Warring States period. Miho Museum, Japan

Bronze ox inlaid with silver, Warring States period. Miho Museum, Japan

Today in gaming history  Samurai Warriors is a historically based game that takes the third-person hack-and-slash action of KOEI's premier Dynasty Warriors series and sets it in feudal Japan, during the Sengoku ("warring states") period. As in the Dynasty Warriors games, one or two (in split-screen mode) players move their characters through relatively open battlefields that teem with skirmishes in every direction. Seemingly outnumbered beyond hope, these heroes attempt to slice their way…

Today in gaming history Samurai Warriors is a historically based game that takes the third-person hack-and-slash action of KOEI's premier Dynasty Warriors series and sets it in feudal Japan, during the Sengoku ("warring states") period. As in the Dynasty Warriors games, one or two (in split-screen mode) players move their characters through relatively open battlefields that teem with skirmishes in every direction. Seemingly outnumbered beyond hope, these heroes attempt to slice their way…

Three bronze mirrors, Warring States period and later

Three bronze mirrors, Warring States period and later

Set during the Sengoku period of Japanese History (also called the Warring States Period), Sengoku Basara tells the tale of many of the great generals of the time, clashing against each other, vying for total control of Japan with the exception of them teaming up against anyone who actually looks like they’ll manage to take over everything. In the first season they were ganging up against Oda Nobunaga and this time its Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Set during the Sengoku period of Japanese History (also called the Warring States Period), Sengoku Basara tells the tale of many of the great generals of the time, clashing against each other, vying for total control of Japan with the exception of them teaming up against anyone who actually looks like they’ll manage to take over everything. In the first season they were ganging up against Oda Nobunaga and this time its Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

"Warring States Japan: Sengoku Jidai"  This video series is good if you have a general idea about the Warring States Period.

"Warring States Japan: Sengoku Jidai" This video series is good if you have a general idea about the Warring States Period.

Three bronze mirrors, Warring States period and later

Three bronze mirrors, Warring States period and later

Learn About Japan's Sengoku or Warring States Period: Japanese samurai of the Sago Clan in the 1600s.

Learn About Japan's Sengoku or Warring States Period

Learn About Japan's Sengoku or Warring States Period: Japanese samurai of the Sago Clan in the 1600s.

Japanese History - The Sengoku period, or the Age of the Country at War in Japanese history was a time of social upheaval, political intrigue, and nearly constant military conflict that lasted roughly from the middle of the 15th century to the beginning of the 17th century. Its name is a reference to the Warring States period in ancient China, and it is sometimes called by that name in English.

Japanese History - The Sengoku period, or the Age of the Country at War in Japanese history was a time of social upheaval, political intrigue, and nearly constant military conflict that lasted roughly from the middle of the 15th century to the beginning of the 17th century. Its name is a reference to the Warring States period in ancient China, and it is sometimes called by that name in English.

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