Masamune Tojiro Date

Masamune Tojiro Date

Original Name Date Masamune
Birth
Japan
Death 24 Aug 1636 (aged 68)
Japan
Burial Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Memorial ID 8782438 · View Source
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Japanese Samurai Leader. Date, who lost his right eye due to smallpox during his childhood, affectionately became known as the "one-eyed dragon" for his valor in battle. He established a dynasty that earned him recognition as one of the three most powerful feudal lords during the shogun period. In addition to his military skills and progressive administration, he was also an artist and a scholar open to new ideas. His mausoleum was burned during bombing raids in 1945 and was reconstructed between 1974 and 1979. During this excavation, Date's well-preserved remains were found and reinterred. His mausoleum is identical to the original and is widely admired for its fine craftsmanship and architecture. It is the size of a small temple, and its exterior is inlaid with figures of peole, birds, and flowers in natural colors, all sheltered by elaborate curving roofs. Gold leaf is used extravagantly on the pillars and in the eaves of the roofs, creating a golden aura.

Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
  • Added: 17 May 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8782438
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Masamune Tojiro Date (5 Sep 1567–24 Aug 1636), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8782438, citing Zuihoden Mausoleum, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan ; Maintained by Find A Grave .