Shima Sakon

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Shima Sakon
島 左近
Shima Sakon
Born (1540-06-09)June 9, 1540
Heguri, Nara, Japan
Died October 21, 1600(1600-10-21) (aged 60)
In this Japanese name, the family name is Shima.

Shima Kiyooki (島 清興?, 9 June 1540 – 21 October 1600), also known as Shima Sakon (島 左近?), Shima Tomoyuki & Shima Katsutake, was a Japanese samurai of the late Sengoku period. Shima eventually left the service of the Tsutsui, and eventually joined Ishida Mitsunari under the banner of the Toyotomi Clan.

At the Battle of Sekigahara, Shima served as one of Ishida's higher-ranking officers, commanding a unit of 1,000 strong men. Some sources suggest Shima led musketmen and that his position had cannons. He was shot by riflemen led by Kuroda Kanbei's son Nagamasa, forcing him to retreat. His fate remains somewhat of a mystery since he was not on the battlefield after the battle. Some say he died of his wounds about one month after the battle or died trying to escape.

In popular culture

Shima Sakon is a playable character in the Samurai Warriors series since Samurai Warriors 2. In the spin-off Warriors Orochi 2, Shima is one of the main characters in the Samurai story. His weapon is a zanbatō. He also appears in Sengoku Basara 4 as one of the main characters and is a rival of Shibata Katsuie.

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