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As part of the Taihō Code of 702, and the later Yōrō Code, [16] the population was required to report regularly for the census, a precursor for national conscription.

And despite the subtleties of Zen philosophy and endless training, he knew that any enraged prepubescent teen with a warrior complex could take him unawares and dash out his brains with a piece of wood.

Sources include a government chronicle, epic narratives written in the Chinese-style, and contemporary accounts.

The Yoshioka family was outraged, and 12-year-old Matashichiro was made to challenge Musashi, who again accepted. Having lost sight in his right eye due to smallpox as a child, Masamune was known as the One-Eyed Dragon, or Dokuganryu (独眼竜). In 1951 he donated his estate to the National Trust and continued to live there until his death in 1956.On 29 July 1279, five more emissaries were sent by the Mongol empire, and again beheaded, this time in Hakata. He led his first campaign at the age of 14 and succeeded his father at 17, conquering much of what is now the Tohoku region by 1589. A samurai’s life was devoted to Bushido, the way of the samurai, summed up by warrior Tsunetomo Yamamoto: “I have found the essence of Bushido: to die! Following Hideyoshi's death in 1598, Masamune sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu, joining Ieyasu at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, and again at the Siege of Osaka in 1615.

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