Depiction of: Uesugi No Kenshin (The 100 Aspects of the Moon)
Period: Meiji - 1890
Size: 14 x 9 1/4 inches
Condition: Excellent. The left margin slightly trimmed. (Matted print)
Description: Uesugi no Kenshin was a major figure in the civil wars of the mid-16th century. This print shows beautiful embossing on the head-dress and urushi-e on his armor and shoes.
Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin were two rulers who not only made a name for themselves through their battles but also for their true samurai spirit. Both men are remembered for their battles with each other at the plains of Kawanakajima. They fought a total of five times at this site over a period of 10 years. Their conduct toward each other is what is so memorable. At one point the Takeda armies had been isolated from provisions and would be put to much hardship without salt which was a necessity. Uesugi Kenshin allowed the salt to be brought in saying that it would be dishonorable to fight in such a manner, preferring to fight a honest battle. This attitude gained them a great deal of respect. The Sengoku period was a bloody period which saw many warlords vying with power. Many times the means to achieve power were not in accord with the Bushido or way of the samurai. It is obvious that Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin embodied that moral conduct.