Shima Sakon

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Shima Sakon
島 左近
Shima Sakon
Other name(s)Shima Kiyooki
BornJune 9, 1540
Heguri, Nara, Japan
DiedOctober 21, 1600(1600-10-21) (aged 60)
AllegianceGoshichi no kiri inverted.svg Toyotomi clan
大一大万大吉.svg Western Army
Battles/warsBattle of Yamazaki
Battle of Komaki and Nagakute
Siege of Oshi
Battle of Kuisegawa
Battle of Sekigahara

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 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.

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