Shogun, Ieyasu’s message

Ieyasu Tokugawa is one of the most important historical figures in Japan.  He was the first Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.  He came to power in 1603.  Until then Samurai families had been fighting each other to expand their territories for many years.  But he ended such an unstable situation and paved the way for the following 260 years of peace.  He was the man who developed the capital Edo, the former name of Tokyo.

He had a difficult youth.  Because he was a hostage of a powerful feudal clan.  Then he learned patience.  Here is Ieyasu’s message to represent his character.

‘Life is like walking a long way with a heavy burden on your back.  Don’t be in a hurry.’


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