Date Masamune

1567 - 1636

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Date Masamune (伊達 政宗, September 5, 1567 – June 27, 1636) was a regional ruler of Japan's Azuchi–Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyō in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai. An outstanding tactician, he was made all the more iconic for his missing eye, as Masamune was often called dokuganryū (独眼竜), or the "One-Eyed Dragon of Ōshu".As a legendary warrior and leader, Masamune is a character in a number of Japanese period dramas. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Date Masamune has received more than 995,237 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Date Masamune is the 191st most popular military personnel (down from 140th in 2019), the 59th most popular biography from Japan (down from 42nd in 2019) and the 9th most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

Masamune is most famous for the creation of a sword called "Kusanagi-no-tsurugi" or "Grass Cutting Sword." This sword was said to be one of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan and was used by the emperor during coronation ceremonies.

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Among military personnels, Date Masamune ranks 191 out of 1,466Before him are Jean Lannes, Giovanni Giustiniani, Auguste de Marmont, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Abraha, and Rudolf Abel. After him are Oskar Dirlewanger, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Gaius Claudius Glaber, Akechi Mitsuhide, Wilhelm Burgdorf, and Kurt Meyer.

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Among people born in 1567, Date Masamune ranks 4Before him are Claudio Monteverdi, Francis de Sales, and Maurice, Prince of Orange. After him are Samuel de Champlain, Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain, Sanada Yukimura, Jacques Clément, Eleanor de' Medici, Willem Schouten, Jindřich Matyáš Thurn, and Honoré d'Urfé. Among people deceased in 1636, Date Masamune ranks 2Before him is Pieter Brueghel the Younger. After him are Mulla Sadra, Santorio Santorio, Sendivogius, Dong Qichang, and Gregorio Fernández.

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Among people born in Japan, Date Masamune ranks 59 out of 5,560Before him are Shinzō Abe (1954), Jiro Horikoshi (1903), Takeshi Kitano (1947), Emperor Ninkō (1800), Emperor Kōkaku (1771), and Uesugi Kenshin (1530). After him are Utamaro (1753), Sasaki Kojirō (1583), Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Koxinga (1624), Natsume Sōseki (1867), and Emperor Suizei (-669).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Date Masamune ranks 9Before him are Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), Hattori Hanzō (1542), Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159), Saigō Takamori (1828), Hiroo Onoda (1922), and Chūichi Nagumo (1887). After him are Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891), Tōgō Heihachirō (1848), Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), Ishida Mitsunari (1559), and Sanada Yukimura (1567).