- Rider(s):Kenshin Uesugi
(1530 –1578) ruled as daimyo the Echigo province and was one of the most powerful lords of the Sengoku period. While chiefly remembered for his prowess on the battlefield, Kenshin is also regarded as an extremely skillful administrator who fostered the growth of local industries and trade; his rule saw a marked rise in the standard of living of Echigo. Kenshin is famed for his honorable conduct, his military expertise, and his long-standing rivalry with Takeda Shingen (1521 –1573), who ruled the Kai Province. Over the years, there would be a total number of five battles at the famous site of Kawanakajima, though only the fourth in 1561 would prove to be a serious, all-out battle. The story is that Kenshin rode up to Shingen and slashed at him with his sword. Shingen fended off the blows with his iron war fan. Kenshin failed to finish Shingen off as a Takeda retainer drove him away. Although Shingen and Kenshin were rivals for more than fourteen years, they are known to have exchanged gifts a number of times, most famously when Shingen gave away a precious sword, which he valued greatly, to Kenshin. When Shingen died in 1573, Kenshin was said to have wept aloud at the loss of so worthy an adversary, and dismissed advice from his retainers to use the opportunity to attack as childish.
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