Hideyoshi Toyotomi is the second unifier of Japan. He succeeded his former liege lord, Nobunaga Oda, and brought an end to the Sengoku period. The period of his rule is often called the Momoyama period, named after Hideyoshi's castle. He is noted for a number of cultural legacies, including the restriction that only members of the samurai class could bear arms.
A helmet used by by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. With a decorationan in the shape of leaves of the baran (Asain Iris) forming a nimbus around the head. This flashy helmet was a favorite of Hideyoshi. He wore this when subduing Kyushu.
- There is a legend stating that Hideyoshi had a 6th finger on one of his hands.
- According to legend, with his younger brother Hidenaga Toyotomi and the bandits Masakatsu Hachisuka and Nagayasu Maeno, Hideyoshi successfully constructed a fort in Sunomata overnight during a siege on Inabayama Castle near Ogaki in 1567. He discovered a secret route into Inabayama, after which much of the garrison surrendered.