- Rider(s):Todo Takatora
(1556 –1630) rose from relatively humble origins as a foot soldier to become a daimyo. During his lifetime he changed his feudal master seven times but in the end he rendered loyalty to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Todo Takatora was promoted rapidly under Hashiba Hidenaga, the younger brother of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and he participated in the invasions of Korea as a commander of Toyotomi’s fleet. At the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 he sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu. After the war he was given a larger fiefdom, Iyo-Imabari, assessed at 200,000 koku. Later in life he was made lord of Tsu, a domain of 320,000 koku. Todo Takatora is also famous for excellence in castle design. He is said to have been involved in building as many as twenty castles.
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