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The subject of my paper is the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu This man is believed to have been the most powerful man in Japan during the Edo period Throughout this paper I will be writing about issues that occurred throughout throughout Ieyasus life Some of the issues that I will cover include The Battle of Sekigahara The suppression and persecution of Christianity economic practices that helped him secure his power position There are other issues that will be mentioned in this paper Tokugawa Ieyasu was a very strong-hearted intelligent and caring man who wanted to see Japan grow and flourish Tokugawa Ieyasu was boen Matsudaira Takechiyo of the Matsudaira military family in 1543 During this time families were feudng over land and various wars broke out Matsudaira Takechiyo was only four years old when he became hostage to the Imagawa clan in 1547 Saddler pg 3-5 Late on during his hostage crisis Matsudaira Takechiyos father dies Matsudaira Takechiyo is released for a brief time so that he can care for his family and mourn before going back to the Imagawa as a hostage In 1560 the Nobunaga clan defeats the Imagawa and Matsudaira Takechiyo is freed he then regains leadership of the Matsudaira Matsudaira Takechiyo thus begins his quest for supremacy His first step after coming to power is allying himself with Oda Nobunaga who was of middle class in the feudal hierarchy Nobunaga didnt become a shogun because of the fact that he felt that he didnt need the authority of the emperor He was an upstart who didnt follow any rules or laws Nobunaga thought that he could unify Japan by himself He eventually came to power when he overthrew th Ashikaga Shogunate After Matsudaira Takechiyo allied himself with this group he changed his name to Tokugawa Ieyasu In the year 1570 Ieyasu decided to move his headquarters to the Hikuma-jo Castle the former Imagawa territory After moving into this castle Ieyasu conducted
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