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Goemon Ishikawa [Nov. 25th, 2005|09:36 pm]
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Just wanna say hello, 'cause I'm new in this group.
I'm very interested in japanese history, especially the Sengoku Jidai and the Meji period.

At time I am working at a story which takes place in feudal Japan.
I hope I could use this group at kind of source for historical background from time to time ^^
So I was wondering if there where left-handed Samurai. May one of you guys knows something about it.

Also I'm looking for information about the Ninja Goemon Ishikawa. I didn't find out many though. Mostly stuff about some anime and video games. Did anyone have some information about this guy.

Thank you for your help ^^
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[User Picture]From: shosironfist
2005-11-25 09:20 pm (UTC)
Welcome aboard!

I believe a majority of the left-handed samurais were forced to use their right hands by their families in early age.

With regards to Ishikawa Goemon, he was an infamous thief from the Sengoku era who is known to have robbed the Osaka Castle and other estates belonging to the elite. According to the surviving records, he was caught and was fried to death along with his family members on October 8, 1594. Not the most pleasant way to go.
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[User Picture]From: zoushi
2005-11-25 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^

Well... I've read that the left hand was bond on the back of the samurai until they use the right hand only. But I wasn't sure about it ^^""

Fried to dead? Man that's cruel in some way. Did Goemon have any connection to Oda Nobunaga or Hideyoshi? There aren't much infos out there in the net about him.
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[User Picture]From: shosironfist
2005-11-25 10:13 pm (UTC)
Well, all I know is that his execution was ordered by Hideyoshi. He's a pretty mysterious figure in Japanese history, though. Mainly because only few records survive.
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[User Picture]From: zoushi
2005-11-25 11:05 pm (UTC)
Really? But didn't he work in order from Hideyoshi?
Um yeah, he really is.
Once i've read that it's not even sure if Goemon truly existed.
It's a pity that so little is now 'bout him. He's a interesting guy though ^^
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[User Picture]From: kinomotoni
2005-11-25 11:13 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia has a short article about him.
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[User Picture]From: zoushi
2005-11-25 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^
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[User Picture]From: anadinboy
2005-11-25 11:29 pm (UTC)
i have heard of him attacking Oda Nobunga. Hes rumoured to have hidden in the roof of odas house and tried to drip poison down a thread into odas mouth while he was asleep. But i dont have anything else on the atempt sorry
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[User Picture]From: zoushi
2005-11-25 11:33 pm (UTC)
I've never heard 'bout this, but it sounds interesting. May I'll find some other hints about that.

No prob! Your guys are a good help. Thank you very much ^^
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