Twenty-Four Generals of Takeda Shingen

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The Twenty-Four Generals, depicted and identified individually on a hanging scroll painting.

The Twenty-Four Generals (武田二十四将, Takeda Nijūshi-shō) were just one of many historically famous groupings of battle commanders from Japan's Sengoku Period. These Twenty-Four were the most trusted companions of Takeda Shingen.[1] A third of them died at the famous Battle of Nagashino in 1575 when they led the Takeda forces against Oda Nobunaga.


In artwork and other historical sources, there is some variation in the list of names.[2]

  • Obata Toramori - d. 1561, is recorded as having been wounded 40 times in 30 encounters[2]

In popular culture[edit]

During Edo period, the twenty-four samurai leaders were a popular topic for ukiyo-e and bunraku.[2]

In the computer game Shogun: Total War, there are 25 Takeda generals.[6]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Turnbull, Stephen (1998). 'The Samurai Sourcebook'. London: Cassell & Co.

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