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Sekigahara, Battle of

The decisive battle in the rise of Tokugawa Ieyasu to the shogunate. It took place in 1600 at Sekigahara in Mino Province (now Gifu Prefecture). With over 100,000 men committed to the battle, Ieyasu's army of soldiers from various eastern provinces routed those from western provinces under the command of Ishida Mitsunari. The victory tipped the balance of power in favor of Ieyasu, who was then able to solidity his hold in the realm. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)

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