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Date Masamune

A modern equestrian statue of Masamune at Sendai Castle.
Personal data
Place of birthYonezawa, Japan
NationalityJapanese
SpouseDate Megohime
First Lord of Sendai
In office1600 - 1636
Succeeded byDate Tadamune
Preceded bynone

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|} was a regional strongman of Japan's Azuchi-Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyo in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai. An outstanding tactician, he was made all the more iconic for his missing eye, and Date was often called dokuganryū (独眼竜), or the "one-eyed dragon".

As a legendary warrior and leader, Masamune is a character in a number of Japanese period dramas. He was played by Ken Watanabe in the popular 1987 NHK series Dokuganryu Masamune.


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