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Related to daimyo: Oda Nobunaga, Tokugawa Ieyasu


or dai·mi·o  (dī′mē-ō′, dīm′yō′)
n. pl. daimyo or dai·my·os also daimio or dai·mi·os
A feudal lord of Japan who was a large landowner.

[Japanese daimyō : dai, great, big; see daikon + myō, name (from Early Middle Chinese mjiajng; akin to Tibetan ming, name and Burmese mañ, to be named).]
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(ˈdaɪmjəʊ) or


n, pl -myo, -myos, -mio or -mios
(Historical Terms) (in Japan) one of the territorial magnates who dominated much of the country from about the 11th to the 19th century
[from Japanese, from Ancient Chinese d`âi miäng great name]
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(ˈdaɪ myoʊ)

n., pl. -myo, -myos.
one of the great feudal lords of Japan who were vassals of the shogun.
[1830–40; < Japanese, =dai big, great (< Chinese) + myō name (< Chinese)]
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Samurai who were engaged by a particular 'client', usually a 'daimyo' or feudal lord of a particular place, were called 'retainers' which should sound very familiar to lawyers and, just like lawyers, the bond of loyalty between them and their 'client' was very strong although, as far as the samurai were concerned, such fealty and loyalty was carried to the extreme as they were expected to be ready to die at the orders of their daimyo to the extent of committing 'seppuku' or ritual suicide which is something no lawyer would do, no matter how much he is paid.
Many of his theatrical works feature fictional characters alongside historical figures: In Dokurojo no Shichinin (Seven Souls in the Skull Castle), the powerful daimyo (feudal lord) Oda Nobunaga from the 16th century, and Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the great 12 th century samurai, are put into supernatural situations, with plenty of chanbara (swordplay) action scenes and a disarming sense of humor.
We also snuck in some culture, with an excursion to the Fukuoka Castle Ruins, once the home of the local daimyo (feudal lords).
The Meiji Restoration dismantled Japan's feudal politics, brought down its great landlords (daimyo), and raised the lower-rank samurai to political and economic power.
The boy was Machida Keijiro [phrase omitted], the third son of Shimazu Tadahiro [phrase omitted], daimyo of the tiny Sadowara Domain in southeastern Kyushu (in what is now Miyazaki Prefecture).
They were trained, organised and commanded from within the respective domains by a lord daimyo (literally big name) of which there were around 300 across the country.
Central to the exhibition are eight Japanese armours--my exhibition is staged alongside 'Daimyo', a collaboration between the Musee Guimet and the Palais de Tokyo--and, broadly speaking, is a response to these artefacts.
parkmanii), Daimyo oak (Quercus dentata), Japanese wisteria cultivare (Wisteria floribunda), Japanese zelkova (Zelkova serrata) and the infamously invasive Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica var.
Not surprising imposing castles raised by feudal war lords--the daimyo and painstakingly restored, are the centerpiece attractions in the cities of Kochi, Marugame, Uwajima and Matsuyama.
The 1630 invasion scheme was associated almost completely with a single enthusiast: Matsukura Bungo-no-kami Shigemasa (1574-1630), the daimyo (great lord) and notorious tyrant of Shimabara in Hizen Province, whose cruel treatment of the people and persecution of Christians is very well recorded.