Toyotomi Hideyoshi

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Birthday
17, 1537
Birthplace
Japan
Death Date
Sep 18, 1598 (61)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
17, 1537
Birthplace
Japan
Death Date
Sep 18, 1598 (61)

About

Warrior and politician of the Japanese Sengoku period who held the offices of Imperial Regent of Japan and Chancellor of the Realm.

Before Fame

He was born a peasant and worked as a humble servant to the Japanese Oda clan. His skill as a warrior and negotiator, however, soon secured him a place among the samurai elite.

Trivia

His contributions to Japanese society include the institution of a census; class reforms that more strictly divided the peasants from the elite; and the construction of the grand Osaka Castle. He also banned slavery, encouraged Japanese cultural traditions such as the tea ceremony, and set up a Council of Five Elders to provide a governmental system of checks and balances.

Family Life

He married Sugaihara Yasuko, an aristocrat, in 1561.

Associated With

He began his political career as a servant to the powerful lord, Oda Nobunaga. Nobunaga, in fact, came up with the nickname of "Kozaru" ("little monkey") for Hideyoshi.