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Transcript of Samurai Loyalty:
By: Fahad Rashid
Kusunoki Masashige is seen as one of japans greatest military strategist. He is also considered a well devoted and loyal warrior for the emperor as well as a hero of the people of japan as he helped free them from a dictatorship.
Born sometime in 1294(exact date unknown)
Died July 4, 1336
Began military campaign in 1331
Kusunoki was part of a revolution under the emperor Go-Daigo
His Incredible wins in battles which had the odds against him were to put an end to the dictatorship by the shogunate
He received the highest decoration from the Meiji government of Japan in 1880
He defended Chihaya Castle from the larger shogunate forces
Played a big role in the Central Goverment
Kusunoki did japan a great favor by leading the loyalist as the shogunate had been ruling japan under its military goverment since 1192. Because of his Incredible loyalty and sacrafice he was given a shrine on the site of his death and a statue was erected in his honor.
Kusunoki sacaraficed himself for the capital. The emperor gave orders to kusunoki to meet with the shogunate forces before they invaded the capital. His army was defeated and he commited suicide.
Kusunoki Masashige is an excellent example of how loyal and devoted samurai can be. They were honorable warriors.