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Takeda Harunobu Nyūdō Shingen from "One hundred generals, brave at battle, at Kawanakajima", Ukiyo-e, 1843 - 1847.

Takeda Shingen of Kai Province, was a preeminent daimyo (feudal ruler) in feudal Japan with exceptional military prestige in the late stage of the Sengoku period. Shingen is sometimes referred to as "The Tiger of Kai" (甲斐の虎) for his martial prowess on the battlefield. His primary rival, Uesugi Kenshin was often called "The Dragon of Echigo".

Takeda Shingen was the first-born son of Takeda Nobutora, leader of the Takeda clan, and daimyo of the province of Kai. He had been an accomplished poet in his youth. He assisted his father with the older relatives and vassals of the Takeda family, and became quite a valuable addition to the clan at a fairly young age. But at some point in his life after his "coming of age" ceremony, the young man decided to rebel against his father. He finally succeeded at the age of 21, successfully taking control of the clan.