Shima Sakon

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Shima Sakon
島 左近
Shima Sakon.jpg
Shima Sakon
Other name(s)Shima Kiyooki,
Shima Tomoyuki,
Shima Katsutake
BornJune 9, 1540
Yamato province, Japan
AllegianceJapanese crest Umebachi.svg Tsutsui clan
Goshichi no kiri inverted.svg Toyotomi clan
大一大万大吉.svg Western Army
Battles/warsSiege of Shigisan
Siege of Hijiyama
Kyushu Campaign
Battle of Kuisegawa
Battle of Sekigahara
RelationsShima Matsukatsu (father)

Shima Kiyooki (島 清興, 9 June 1540 - ?), also known as Shima Sakon (島 左近), Shima Tomoyuki & Shima Katsutake, was a Japanese samurai of the late Sengoku period. Sakon eventually left the service of the Tsutsui, Toyotomi and eventually joined and serve under Ishida Mitsunari.

Biography[edit]

He was born in the Yamato province to Shima Matsukatsu, Sakon began his career as a samurai retainer under the Hatakeyama clan. Sakon eventually became one of the two primary officers under Tsutsui Junkei alongside Matsukura Shigenobu.

In 1586, after the death of Junkei, Sakon was convinced to serve the Toyotomi under Toyotomi Hidenaga (Hideyoshi’s brother) at Kyushu Campaign.

In 1598, after Hideyoshi's died, Ishida Mitsunari recruited him into his army as a leading strategist. Sakon proceeded to help Mitsunari as he struggled against Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Shima Sakon

Battle of Sekigahara[edit]

In 1600, a few days before the battle of Sekigahara, Sakon led an assault on Ieyasu’s Eastern army at Kuisegawa with great success. Later at the Battle of Sekigahara, Shima served as one of Ishida's higher-ranking officers, commanding a unit of 1,000 men. Some sources suggest Shima led musketmen and that his position had cannons. He fought against Hosokawa Tadaoki and was shot by riflemen led by Kuroda Kanbei's son Nagamasa, forcing him to retreat. His fourth son, Shima Kiyomasa within Yoshitsugu's ranks, killed by an 'Eastern' samurai named Takagi Heizaburō. His fate remains somewhat of a mystery since he or his body was not on the battlefield after the battle. Some say he died of his wounds after the battle or escape and die a few years later.

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