Yagyu Munenori

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  • Born: 1571
  • Died: 1646
  • Titles: Tajima no kami
  • Other names: Shinzaemon, Mataemon
  • Japanese:柳生宗矩 (Yagyu Munenori)

Yagyu Munenori served for Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu with his father Yagyu Muneyoshi and participated in the Battle of Sekigahara. 1601, Munenori became the Kenjutsu teacher for the 2nd Tokugawa Shogun Hidetada, he also served for the 3rd Tokugawa Shogun Iemitsu and received 12500 Koku territory in Yamato province.(Yagyu han)

Munenori was the only sword master who became Daimyo only with the Kenjutsu skill.

See also

Yagyu Munenori in Fiction


  • Yagyu Munenori (柳生宗矩) Yamaoka Sohachi

Research Books

  • Hyoho Kadensho (兵法家伝書) Yagyu Munenori
  • Zen to Bushido (禅と武士道) Watanabe Makoto


  • The Life‐giving Sword, Yagyu Munenori, William Scott Wilson


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