"The One who see through to the end is forever crowned a god.."
The Edo, or Tokugawa period saw power centralized in the hands of a hereditary shogunate that took control of religion, regulated the entire economy, subordinated the nobility, and set up uniform systems of taxation, government spending and bureaucracies. It avoided international involvement and wars, established a national judiciary and suppressed protest and criticism. The Tokugawa era brought peace, and that brought prosperity to a nation of 31 million.
About 80% of the people were rice farmers. Rice production increased steadily, but population remained stable, so prosperity increased. Rice paddies grew from 1.6 million chō in 1600 to 3 million by 1720. Improved technology helped farmers control the all-important flow of irrigation to their paddies. The daimyō operated several hundred castle towns, which became loci of domestic trade. Large-scale rice markets developed, centered on Edo and Ōsaka. In the cities and towns, guilds of merchants and artisans met the growing demand for goods and services. The merchants, while low in status, prospered, especially those with official patronage. Merchants invented credit instruments to transfer money, currency came into common use, and the strengthening credit market encouraged entrepreneurship.
The samurai, forbidden to engage in farming or business but allowed to borrow money, borrowed too much. One scholar observed that the entire military class was living "as in an inn, that is, consuming now and paying later". The bakufu and daimyō raised taxes on farmers, but did not tax business, so they too fell into debt. By 1750 rising taxes incited peasant unrest and even revolt. The nation had to deal somehow with samurai impoverishment and treasury deficits. The financial troubles of the samurai undermined their loyalties to the system, and the empty treasury threatened the whole system of government. One solution was reactionary—with prohibitions on spending for luxuries. Other solutions were modernizing, with the goal of increasing agrarian productivity. The eighth Tokugawa shōgun, Tokugawa Yoshimune (in office 1716–1745) had considerable success, though much of his work had to be done again between 1787 and 1793 by the shōgun's chief councilor Matsudaira Sadanobu (1759–1829). Other shōgun debased the coinage to pay debts, which caused inflation.
Map of Japan appears in the Cihannuma written by Katip Çelebi
By 1800 the commercialization of the economy grew rapidly, bringing more and more remote villages into the national economy. Rich farmers appeared who switched from rice to high-profit commercial crops and engaged in local money-lending, trade, and small-scale manufacturing. Some wealthy merchants sought higher social status by using money to marry into the samurai class.
A few domains, notably Chōshū and Satsuma, used innovative methods to restore their finances, but most sunk further into debt. The financial crisis provoked a reactionary solution near the end of the "Tenpō Reforms" (1830–1843) promulgated by the chief counselor Mizuno Tadakuni. He raised taxes, denounced luxuries and tried to impede the growth of business; he failed and it appeared to many that the continued existence of the entire Tokugawa system was in jeopardy.
During the Edo period, also called the Tokugawa period, the administration of the country was shared by over two hundred daimyō in a federation governed by the Tokugawa shogunate. The Tokugawa clan, leader of the victorious eastern army in the Battle of Sekigahara, was the most powerful of them and for fifteen generations monopolized the title of Sei-i Taishōgun (often shortened to shōgun). With their headquarters at Edo (present-day Tōkyō), the Tokugawa commanded the allegiance of the other daimyō, who in turn ruled their domains with a rather high degree of autonomy.
The Tokugawa shogunate carried out a number of significant policies. They placed the samurai class above the commoners: the farmers, artisans, and merchants. They enacted sumptuary laws limiting hairstyle, dress, and accessories. They organized commoners into groups of five and held all responsible for the acts of each individual. To prevent daimyō from rebelling, the shōguns required them to maintain lavish residences in Edo and live at these residences on a rotating schedule; carry out expensive processions to and from their domains; contribute to the upkeep of shrines, temples, and roads; and seek permission before repairing their castles.
This 265-year span was called "A peaceful state". Cultural achievement was high during this period, and many artistic developments took place. Most significant among them were the ukiyo-e form of wood-block print and the kabuki and bunraku theaters. Also, many of the most famous works for the koto and shakuhachi date from this time period.
Japanese society had an elaborate social structure, in which everyone knew their place and level of prestige. At the top were the emperor and the court nobility, invincible in prestige but weak in power. Next came the "bushi" of shōgun, daimyō and layers of feudal lords whose rank was indicated by their closeness to the Tokugawa. They had power. The "daimyō" comprised about 250 local lords of local "han" with annual outputs of 50,000 or more bushels of rice. The upper strata was much given to elaborate and expensive rituals, including elegant architecture, landscaped gardens, Noh drama, patronage of the arts, and the tea ceremony.
These men are highly skilled in the arts of the japanese swordsmenship. Each of these young men's names are disclosed here:
[Far Left] Osaki Toshika
[Left Middle] Goro Daiki
[Right Middle] Hideyoshi Hotaka
[Far Right] Ichiro Noburu
Each of these men have a troubling pass in which is a whole nother manner i will discuss:
Once a farmer but now a skilled assassin. His past was filled with death and murder, but his views on life always remained the same. He is always uttering nonsense about how the world is corrupt and should be clensed. When he was a child his family was murder by a group of a rouge assassins that only wanted blood as their intention. This put a mental lock on Osaki and pushed his very sanity to its limits. He then decided it was best to go on a murdering spree to clense the blood from his hands. Before that while during the death of his family, he was coated in their blood and therefore pushed him to the edge. He couln't stand loosing his parents and sister to the assassins and that strived him to look for that group of assassins. Once he found the assassins, he made quick work of them with inhuman capablities that the group has never seen before. This news was brought all over japan and therefore all japan feared this boy and decided to lock him away for his brutal motivation. Sadly Osaki went into hiding picking off evil people here and there and thats what gained his title as the "Assassin of the Shadows"..
He is very calm and collective, but tends to act more insane in a sort of civil way. He is evil in the eyes of others but he doesn't see that way. He tends to love other women for their lust no their affection. He can be cruel towards his fellow followers even though he doesn't care or need followers to do his own job. He self-possessed and doesn't really show emotions. He tends to be more blunt about things that obvious to him and very harsh.
Stealth with the Shadows
A Double-edged Katana with some reenforcments to assure it doesn't break.
His life was filled with rage and ever-lasting destruction. When he was a child he was always the one getting into fights or at least starting them for that matter. He was the only one in his family who stuck out like a sore thumb. He would always complain to his mother and father for not giving him enough credit for helping out the family in the coperate buisness even though Goro wasn't even fit to do a job at the time. He then got tired and ran away knowing it was a the best thing to do around the time he was about 13 or 14. His jevunile years was always trying to survive being a wanderer of sorts going from town to town helping people out with their problems until one day.. While heading to a village, he ambushed by samurai warriors of the order and was taken into custody. Goro found it hard to do this since during this time he was in his late juvenile years. He was locked up for multiple accounts of attempted murder and destruction of land. He knew this would be his fate decided to accept it and then plan his way to escape, the jail cell he was put into. He used his destructive behavior and bust his way out from jail and then went into hiding.. It was his rage that help him through the jail break releasing all the criminals just like him free and then later joining his side massing a army.
He gets angered quite easily and never really backs down from a fight. He can be harsh but overall his a very destructive man. He tends to be more passionate torwards his destruction other then anything else. He can be very collective and observant of his surroundings. He relies on his brute strength more then his sense of tatics, but uses his brute strength wisely enough to consider him a genius. He is cunning and quick when it comes to body but can be over-cocky when it comes to one-sided battles that have no meaning to them.
Double Katanas that are coated with steel to assure they don't break.
He was once a famed assassin amongst the lands of Japan. When he was a child he would be verablly tortured by his parents for living up to the family name. He was the son of a very famed buisness and therefore he was part of a rich family. Sadly he didn't really like money and all that buisness and decided to abandon his parents and went into the word wanting to study the nature. He would wander the lands of Japan trying to study the plants and nature gaining a sense of the world around him since this was his life long dream. Until he reached his young adult years.. When was confronted with a search party that was looking for him to the bring them back but sadly they were murdered by Hideyoshi. This news reached his parents then sent out Samurais Warriors of the Fifth Jedgement, a elite group of samurais, to find and bring back Hideyoshi alive. Sadly this wasn't the case.. Four long years of running and fighting the Samurai of the Fifth Judgement, he finally defeated them and was sent free from his constant running. He then began to take revenge against those who decided it was great idea to hunt him down which lead to his desire to kill those who were impure.
Self-centered with a touch of dark humor. He can be possionate towards others but chooses not to show it. He is very calm and collective about the people he converses with and talks to on a daily basis. He is quiet and hardly talks when he isn't in a conversation, and also he can be dark at times using gothic humor once in a while. He can be sarcastic and uncanny in tough situations, and also is serious when he wants to be in situation that are dire. He tends to be cocky, with a hint of bossy to his followers. When it comes to battle he ranks 1st out of all four.. He can uses the shadows and control his rage as well as use the surroundings to his advantage.
Deception of Illusion
A Knife that goes along with his long Katana in which he carries on his side.
He was sort of that quiet child. When he was little he would always put himself forward then others. He was famed for being the hero of his family always helping out those who who were in trouble. That would soon take a toll on him.. When he reached the juvenile age of 16, he would always get bullied by other juvniles like him. He would try to defend himself from the onslught of verbal and physical pain. He then snapped.. His instincts kicked in and immediately went into offensive mode burtally taking down his bullies. He was feared throughout his village after that even he never really did anything else besides sit in his room trying to cope with the new side of his personality. The rest of history is still unclear....
He can be very happy and is always joking around when he wants to. He is very tough person to crack when it comes to pressure even though he can be hard-headed times. When in battle he can be more on the side of tatics using the world around him. He tends to be more on the side of laid back with his serious attitude. He can be very simple and blunt about the things he knows and hates other people for. He has a soft spot for women and loves them for their lust and affection. He tends to be more on the side of Insanity without having any rage or calmness to him
Rageful Illusion of Landscapes
A Two sided Katan as shown in the picture.
When the Edo period was reaching its end, a group of young samurais decided to take over and over throw the emperor at time. This even sent the lands of japan into an outrage over the fact they had killed the emperor over night without any sound or indication they were there. This sent the government into a frenzy seeing as how this wouldn't have been surprising to the group. This group of samurais were called, "The Four Great ones" and in japanese they were called, "四大ワンズ" [Shi dai wanzu]. These men were highly skilled Samurais and could kill anyone if they wanted to. To villagers they were featured as demons of the Rosutoāchi Gate, and were feared throughout the land.
Months later after the reveal of the Shi dai wanzu, they sent out a message to all people saying:
"Anata ga watashitachi o taosu tame ni hitsuyōna baai.. Anata wa watashitachi ni kite, anata no hōhō ni tatte tanin o uchi makasu hitsuyō ga arimasu.."
"If you want to defeat us.. You must come to us and defeat the others who stand in your way.. "
People had a hatred for the Shi dai wanzu and wanted their heads. So people did what the message told them and went to the Shi dai wanzu's castle in Osaka. They were greeted by them and suddenly were massed murdered by the Shi dai wanzu's army of trained assassins. Only a few remain from that onslaught, and so they retreated into the shadows to once more combat these deadly people.
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