1540? - 1600
Appearances: Sengoku Musou (2), Kessen (1,3), Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams
Shima Sakon, also known as Shima Tomoyuki, 島清興 Shima Kiyooki or 勝猛 Katsukatake, was the retainer of
Tsutsui and Toyotomi clans. During his times with the Tsutsui, together with 松倉右近重信 Matsukura Ukon Shigenobu, they were known as the Right and Left hands of Tsutsui. After his master 筒井順慶 Tsutsui Junkei passed away in 1584,
he retired, but not for long time. Later Sakon would leave Tsutsui clan and join
to forces of Ishida Mitsunari, who offered an extraordinarily generous and
polite proposal to Sakon. There was a saying among people, "Ishida Mitsunari
doesn't deserve two things, Shima Sakon and Sawayama Castle."
Sakon was indeed
the most famous warrior and strategist under Mitsunari's service and was a great
help for him during the Campaign of Sekigahara, which eventually ended to defeat
of Mitsunari's forces. Before the Battle of Sekigahara, Sakon quarreled with
Shimazu Yoshihiro who suggested a night attack, which Sakon opposed. At the
battle Sakon fought fiercely with only 1,000 men, but in the end he and his two
sons were slain by rifle fire in the battlefield of Sekigahara. It's said
that Sakon possesed the skills of famous Honda Tadakatsu in Sekigahara. Sakon
also wielded his famous two-handed falchion.
It could be said Shima Sakon
was famous, but mysterious retainer as well. His birthplace, original clan and
accurate age at death for example are questionable to historians. However, legend has
it that Sakon's wife and daughters were hiding during Battle of Sekigahara.
Later Sakon's descendant Shima Kichijiro would build Sakon's grave to Kikawa
Graveyard in 1934.
Biography created by: Lord of Wei