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Naoe Kanetsugu
© Hiroyuki Suwahara

2000: Naoe Kanetsugu (Suwahara)

Star of the 2009 TV drama Tenchijin, Naoe Kanetsugu (1560–1620) was an important samurai of the period of transition from the Warring States to the Tokugawa Shogunate, becoming pageboy to Uesugi Kenshin, then serving the Uesugi clan for the rest of his life.

Naoe, in the centre of the picture, was allied with Ishida Mitsunari (left) in the Battle of Sekigahara which established the Tokugawa Shogunate and began the Edo period. Despite being on the losing side, Naoe was praised even by the victor Tokugawa Ieyasu (right) for his skill in retreat.

Wikipedia article: Naoe Kanetsugu

Born in Ibaraki, in 1969, Suwahara embarked on a career as a freeleance illustrator in 1996. He has specialised in historical figures, especially from the Three Kingdoms story, and brings a very modern technique to some traditional themes.

Suwahara is his family name.

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A Beverly puzzle: 2000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: BS62508 (S62-508 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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