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In this fascinating biography, Chris Glenn explores Todo Takatora’s remarkable life, the battles he fought in, the political intrigues he was part of.

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The Samurai Castle Master: Warlord Todo Takatora

When the samurai warlord and respected castle architect Todo Takatora died in 1630, the funeral attendants responsible for preparing his body were shocked to note that there was not a single part of his body not scarred or disfigured by sword, spear, glaive or matchlock gun wound. Todo Takatora lived a life that unfolded like a drama. Born to a small landholding samurai family, the maverick youth worked to the top, becoming one of the most successful daimyo warlords. He had served on the front lines of some of the most violent battles, turning points that forged the nation. In a land and time in which loyalty was held dear, he changed his allegiances seven times, serving a record ten lords, more than any other samurai in history. Because of this, he has long been held in contempt by the Japanese. Standing 6 feet tall at a time when the average Japanese man stood between 5 and 5 1/2 feet, Todo Takatora was a giant among men. He died aged 74 when the average life span was around 50. He was also the finest, most innovative castle architect, responsible for designing and constructing over 30 of the strongest Japanese castles and structures and influencing samurai castle construction across Japan. In explaining his life, his reasons for having served so many lords, his achievements in battle and in castle design, his political and personal ideals and how these attributes were shaped during his adventurous life, this book will reveal the man and show why Takatora deserves the epithet of National Hero. In this fascinating biography, the first ever published in English, Chris Glenn explores Todo Takatora's remarkable and influential life, the battles he fought in, the political intrigues he was part of, and details of the magnificent castles he built.

About the author:

Chris Glenn is an Australian-born Japan-based bilingual radio DJ, TV presenter, narrator, MC, copywriter, author, columnist, lecturer, helicopter pilot and Japanese historian, specialising in samurai castles, battles, armour and weapons. A resident of Nagoya since 1993, he has been designated the Nagoya Tourism, Culture & Exchange Special Ambassador and Sekigahara Tourism Ambassador. He hosts the internationally televised NHK World TV series Ninja Truth and Castle Quest. Chris Glenn holds Shodan in Kendo and studied Owari Yagyu Shinkage Ryu Koryu disciplines.

Chris is an inbound tourism advisor for national and local government agencies and is often called upon as a lecturer and speaker on Japanese history and culture, media and inbound tourism topics. Having written many websites, articles, pamphlets, signs and explanations for local governments, DMOs, museums, tourist sites and businesses, he has a reputation for English writing that matches the needs and senses of foreigners visiting Japan.

His books include the English language "The Battle of Sekigahara" (Booklocker), the Japanese language "豪州人歴史愛好家、名城へ行く" (Takarajima), Samurai Castle Bilingual Guide (Shogakukan), Ninja Bilingual Guide (Shogakukan), Naganuma Ryu Troop Movement Training Manual (Kindle) amongst others. Chris is dedicated to promoting and preserving Japan's long history, deep culture, traditions, and arts and crafts.

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Chris Glenn
Frontline Books
Year of publication
30 November 2022
Number of pages
JPY 4,509

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