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信長 秀吉 家康

Discussion in '日本語 (Japanese)' started by Frenchman in Taipei, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. Frenchman in Taipei Junior Member

    In a newspaper, I saw this question being asked to the candidates for 參院選.

    "信長 秀吉 家康 あなたはどのタイプ? その理由は"

    I am not sure what the meanings of 信長 秀吉 家康. Are they people's names? What differences are there?
  2. shin1ro New Member

    The three are famous medieval samurai leaders.
    I'm not sure but my impression of their characters (maybe wrong...sorry)
    織田信長 Nobunaga ODA - with mighty force
    豊臣秀吉 Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI - witty talented tactics/strategic
    徳川家康 Ieyasu TOKUGAWA - patient, prudent, certainty, long-term success

  3. Tonky Senior Member

    The most famous 3 pieces of fictitious Senryu (a kind of Haiku) describe each of their characters in general.

    織田信長 Nobunaga
    「鳴かぬなら、殺してしまえ ホトトギス」"If you don't sing for me, I'll kill you."
    豊臣秀吉 Hideyoshi
    「鳴かぬなら、鳴かせてみせよう ホトトギス」"If you don't sing for me, I'll make you sing."
    徳川家康 Ieyasu
    「鳴かぬなら、鳴くまで待とう ホトトギス」"If you don't sing for me, I'll wait till you sing."

    ホトトギス = a kind of bird. refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_Cuckoo

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