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Friday, December 24, 2010

Japan's Most Powerful Man

徳川家康

Here is a little Japan quiz.

Who is the man pictured below?

Is it
a) Oda Nobunaga
b) Tokugawa Ieyasu
c) Toyotomi Hideyasu

Tokugawa Ieyasu

If you chose the answer b) Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) then you are correct. Ieyasu is arguably Japan's most powerful and influential historical figure. A contemporary of Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare in England, Ieyasu established the Tokugawa shogunate which was to rule Japan until 1868.

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