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Revenge

Posted: June 12, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

Revenge
By Ethan Gartin

My father failed where I shall succeed.
I shall challenge the great Shogun –
Once my armies gain strength.
Tokugawa thought he could sweep Japan after my father’s death,
But NO! –
I will risk everything in denying him such glory.
He aggressively steals Japan
And forces the daimyo to pay for his own construction.
This is unjust!
No more, I say, No more.

I will seek the aid of others and in a few years,
If I can just go undisturbed for a few years,
I shall challenge the Shogun.
I can challenge the Shogun.
I will challenge the Shogun.

– Hidetori, son of Hideyoshi

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Rest

Posted: June 12, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

Rest
By Ethan Gartin

Tokugawa Ieyasu looked at the sky and contemplated his life.
He recently crushed the last of his rivals,
Including the only last real threat – Hideyori.
His castle was impenetrable;
His legacy was secure
His city of Edo was booming with trade.
All his work and patience and cunning,
All paying off.
His life was perfect,
Even the breeze which kissed his cheek as it passed
His favorite sakura outside his window.
He finished his last will and testament, so
With no other deeds needing accomplished,
He decided to rest.
A long awaited rest,
Following a life of honor and achievement.

Absence of a Great Man

Posted: June 12, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

The Absence of a Great Man
By Ethan Gartin

– The Year 1616 –
My father Tokugawa Ieyasu,
The Great former Shogun who preceded me,
Established the most powerful empire in the history of Japan.
He has created a peace which I predict will last some time.
His absence pains my spirit;
My pain is only trumped by my pride.
I am honored to have been his son and his successor.
Before he sickened and died, the
Glorious Shogun had accomplished what
Centuries of other warriors had attempted and failed:
He brought peace to all of Japan
And an empire to fit his family.
As I watch the cherry blossoms slowly fall onto his newly dug grave,
I can only imagine what history will say about such a great man,
Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Retirement

Posted: May 28, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

Retirement
By Ethan Gartin

After two years of his Shogun duties,
Tokugawa Ieyasu retired from his position.
His responsibilities before retirement included foreign affairs,
And he welcomed the trade which helped Japan prosper.
Commercial profits.
Firearms.
Information.
In his age, he wished to continue his life in Sumpu – His old home.
The peaceful land would please his aging heart.
He assigned the duties of Shogun to his son Hidetada,
So his family lineage and legacy was
Secure.
Honor washed over him.

Shogun

Posted: May 28, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

Shogun
By Ethan Gartin

At around 60 years of age,
The ambitious leader achieved his goal:
He became Shogun.
He was finally acknowledge as
The most powerful daimyo in all of Japan.
The most ruthless daimyo in all of Japan.
His glory,
His honor,
His satisfaction outweighed his years of struggle.
His years of commitment.

His main goal was complete,
But there was still work to be done.
In order to keep peace in the name of the emperor,
Obstacles needed to be removed.

A Promising Domain

Posted: May 28, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

A Promising Domain
By Ethan Gartin

Finally –
Finally all of Japan would be his.
His work was finally paying off at the death of his only real rival.
The rest of the daimyo foolishly campaigned in Korea,
But I knew Better, I knew better!

The clever daimyo reflected upon his wise actions,
With the combination of Korea and the lands he received from the Hojo,
His domain was most promising in every way:
Military,
Production,
Organization.
Japan would be his once he could
Finish his remaining enemies and
Secure the loyalty of his many vassals.
His determination and patience finally had given him power,
His rightful power.

Patience and Rivalry

Posted: May 28, 2013 by Ethan G in EthanG, The Great Unifier of Japan

Patience and Rivalry
By Ethan Gartin

Ieyasu contemplated his rivalry with Toyotomi Hideyoshi,
The only man standing in his way of being
The strongest Daimyo.
If only, if only he were gone.
Power should’ve been his for the taking.
That persistent pest,
That resilient wretch,
I will crush him!

But then he remembered patience;
Patience was all he needed to win.
That fool was in bad health, and his campaign in Korea
Would surely bring his demise.
So Ieyasu would wait,
Wait for the perfect time to cement authority.