TANAKA 1587: JAPAN’S GREATEST UNKNOWN SAMURAI BATTLE
128pp., illus.incl.8 colour plates, 3 maps, P.B. 2019. In 1587 the 1,000-strong garrison of tiny Tanaka Castle in Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, held out for 100 days against an army ten times their size sent by the great general Toyotomi Hideyoshi. When the castle fell it was burned to the ground, and for four centuries the epic struggle lived on only through a handful of letters, two little-known war chronicles and in the folk memories of the local people.