Date Masamune

Date Masamune
Item# DATEMASA001

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Date Masamune
Date Masamune doll for boys, size: w. 84 cm (33") × d. 60 cm (23.6") × h. 98 cm (38.5"), made to order, w can print your family emblem on back screen. The price will be various. Also there many different Date Masamune dolls every year. If you are interested, please e-mail us with your questions: ogawaec@aol.com

Date Masamune (1567-1636) was a Japanese samurai of the Azuchi-Momoyama-era through the early Edo-era. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyo in the Tohoku 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, for which he was often called dokuganryu, or the "one-eyed dragon." Also, he was known as a his stylish outfit.

Masamune's greatest achievement was funding and backing one of Japan's few journeys of far-flung diplomacy and exploration in this time. He ordered the building of the exploration ship Date Maru or San Juan Bautista, using foreign (European) ship-building techniques. He sent one of his retainers, Hasekura Tsunenaga, and an embassy numbering 180 on a successful voyage to establish relations with the Pope in Rome. This expedition visited such places as the Philippines, Mexico, Spain and Rome, making it the first Japanese voyage to sail around the world. Previously, Japanese lords had never funded this sort of venture, so it was probably the first successful voyage. At least five members of the expedition stayed in Coria (Seville) of Spain to avoid the persecution of Christians in Japan. 600 of their descendants, with the surname Japón (Japan), are now living in Spain. When the Tokugawa government banned Christianity, Masamune had to obey this law. However, some source suggested Masamune's eldest daughter, Iroha, was a Christian.

May 5th is national holiday "Kodomo-no hi (Children's Day)," and this is so called "Boy's Festival." Date Masamune doll is the most popular of all for display. His helmet and armor was a model for Darth Vader in "Star Wars."

紫羅背板地五色水玉文様陣羽織 Chopstick Rest
Date Masamune, his famous jacket 紫羅背板地五色水玉文様陣羽織 (murasaki raseitaji goshoku mizutama-monyo jinbaori) chopstick rest, set of 5

Date Masamune (1567-1636) was a Japanese samurai of the Azuchi-Momoyama-era through the early Edo-era. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyo in the Tohoku 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, for which he was often called dokuganryu, or the "one-eyed dragon." Also, he was known as a his stylish outfit.
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Date Masamune (Dokugan)
Date Masamune (1567-1636), famous for his one eye, display size: h. 165 cm (65”)
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