Toyotomi Hideyoshi Biography
Birthday: March 17, 1537 (Pisces)
Born In: Nakamura-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a warrior, samurai, and general of the Sengoku period. Regarded as Japan's second "great unifier," he left a lasting legacy, including the construction of several temples. Born in then-Owari Province to a foot soldier, Hideyoshi grew up alongside an elder sister. He left home at an early age for Tōtōmi Province and soon returned to become a foot soldier for Oda Nobunaga in 1558. His tenure under Nobunaga saw him fight several important battles, including the Battle of Anegawa in 1570. In 1573, Hideyoshi became a chief of Nagahama, Ōmi Province, and took the title of Hashiba Chikuzen no kami. Even after Nobunaga’s death, he engaged in many battles and later embarked on an endeavour to rule over the entire Japanese region. A year after staging a second invasion of Korea in 1597, Hideyoshi breathed his last at the age of 61, severely perturbed by the ill consequences of the Korean War. He had 15 wives and concubines and was the biological father of at least three children. He also had several adopted sons and daughters.