Kimura Shigenari in the Battles in Osaka
Kimura Shigenari is said to be a son of Kimura Hitachinosuke, one of the chief counselors of Toyotomi Hidetsugu, but much of his origin remains uncertain. It is said that his mother was Toyotomi Hideyori’s wetnurse: that was why Shigenari was able to become Hideyori’s page at an early age and his vassal later, Then at the Winter Siege of Osaka (1614), which was his very first campaign, Shigenari commanded an army as a general and by fought better than even s’ ith Satake Yoshinohu as his enemy. and overpowered his army in the battle, In recognition of his distinguished deed in that battle Hideyori bestowed on him a testimonial that acclaimed him as the “peerless hero of the nation,” together with a short sword made by Masamune (a famous swordsmith in those days). However, he returned those rewards immediately, it is said, because of his loyalty to and absolute trust in the Toyotomi family. A year later, during the Summer Siege of Osaka, he left the castle malls, leading the main force units of the royotomi army and fought against Ii Tadataka’s troops, In that campaign. according to a historical record, Shigenari wore a suit of armor called kozane made of gold and silver scales, his hack in a white horo (a helmet cape to avoid oncoming arrows), and rode a black horse. He fought an all-out battle, charging with a 6-yard-spear himself, and was caught in the action. He was beheaded, and the head was brought to Tokugawa Ieyasu, who saw it neatly trimmed on the forehead and the hair tidily cut and perfumed by burning incense. All indicated that he had gone into the battle well prepared to die in the field.