Takatora Todo

Takatora Todo

Takatora Todo (1556-1630) was a Toyotomi and Tokugawa general who was famous for the construction of twenty castles across Japan.


Takatora Todo was born in Iyo Province, Chosokabe territory. In 1576, he enlisted in the Oda army and after Nobunaga Oda's death, he became a commander of Hideyoshi Hashiba and the Toyotomi clan. In 1598, when Hideyoshi died, he sided with Ieyasu Tokugawa's Eastern Army, fighting against the opposing Western Army, Toyotomi loyalists led by Mitsunari Ishida. He took part in the Anti-Ishida Coalition raised by Masanori Fukushima, taking part in the failed assassination attempt on Mitsunari in Kyoto that year. In 1600, he fought at the Battle of Sekigahara, and gained several honorable traits during the battle. Afterwards, he assisted in the construction of several castles across the land, and died in Iyo in 1630. At the time of his death he had ruled the Tsu Domain, which would be influential in ending the Tokugawa Shogunate.

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