Into this tumultuous age of constant warfare came three remarkable individuals oda nobunaga 1534 1582 toyotomi hideyoshi 1537 1598 and tokugawa ieyasu 1543 1616 each would play a unique role in the re unification of the disparate fragmented collection of warring provinces which constituted japan in the sixteenth and early seventeenth . Japans sengoku jidai warring states period was a time of crisis and upheaval a chaotic epoch when the relatively low born rural military class of bushi samurai warriors succeeded in overthrowing their social superiors in the court throughout much of the country. With oda nobunaga dead japan hangs in the balance his old retainer tokugawa ieyasu must flee for his life from the usurper akechi mitsuhide he narrowly escapes with the help of his ninja ally hattori hanzo but odas heir is not so lucky akechi assassinates him with power up for grabs toyotomi hideyoshi sweeps into kyoto and destroys the usurper then appoints a puppet heir to replace . Oda nobunaga june 23 1534 june 21 1582 was the initiator of the unification of japan under the rule of the shgun in the late sixteenth century a rule that ended with the opening of japan to the western world in 1868 he was also a major daimyo during the sengoku period of japanese history his opus was continued completed and
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