Apr 172013
 

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi – unifier and an unquestionable leader of the late 16 century Japan – was born into a low ranking family. Supported by powerful warlord Oda Nobunaga he moved up the career ladder, but in his youth he was given a nickname “monkey”, either for his strange appearance and/or nimbleness.

While watching Taiko Hanami Gyoretsu – a historic festival in Daigoji Temple in memory of famous cherry blossom viewing organized by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1598 – I noticed another similarity.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi was called monkey in his youth

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