Gunshi Kanbee / 軍師官兵衛 –
In 1590, Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s army had surrounded the Odawara Castle, hoping to conquer this last obstacle for country’s unification. Standing at the gate of the castle, he shouted out: “Do not throw your lives away. Treasure living!”. This man is Kuroda Kanbee, who is an excellent military strategist.
Kanbee’s family had fled to Harima. Kanbee was trusted and relied. Kanbee became the head of the Kuroda clan very soon. Masamoto decided to marry off his daughter, Teru, to Kanbee, for take over more responsibilities. Teru couldn’t seem to conceive a ‘real son’. Kanbee decided to adopt the young children as his proteges who were known as “The warrior of Kuroda”.
When Kanbee turned 30, a young lord was laying siege to the shogunates. Kanbee was very attracted to Oda’s Japan unification plans, and had gone to Gifu Castle to meet up with him. He became acquainted with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and soon became Hideyoshi’s right-hand man, marking the birth of Gunshi Kanbee.