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The Failure to Execute Kobayakawa Hideaki, and the Fall of the Toyotomi

History shows us that we should not play things halfway.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi was Undisputed Ruler of Japan. He had brought all the Japanese generals under his loyalty, set an extremely durable and efficient legal structure, and had achieved more than anyone in Japanese history - rising from a peasant servant to the height of command.

Unsatisfied with the fastest and largest ascent in all of Japanese history, Hideyoshi wanted to conquer all of Korea and China. In the year 1597, he launched the Second Korean Campaign.

In the most desperate times, strong cultures produce great heroes - and Korean Grand Admiral Yi Sun-Sin rose to the challenge, shattering the Japanese naval forces and cutting the supply lines. The Japanese forces pinned down in Korea had land superiority, solid defensive fortifications, and better artillery. But the Ming China/Joseon Korean alliance was winning the gradual war of attrition after establishing naval superiority.

Toyotomi had won basically every engagement he'd fought in throughout history. A scuffling defeat here and there, but he had seemed blessed by the gods themselves. He was, naturally, furious at the inability of his forces to conquer Korea.

HIMYM Finale

On A Germinating Seed

I'm a little late, but I wanted to write about the series finale of How I Met Your Mother because I went on a spiel about it to a friend and decided that I wanted to write it down.

So, if you haven't watched the series finale yet, and you are invested in the show, STOP READING. If you really don't care, then please continue. :)

I started watching HIMYM when it was in its fourth season or so, but I was honestly never truly invested in the show. I watched many of the episodes and generally knew what was going on, but I was not an avid watcher.

But, then, one summer changed my life. Hahah.

I was visiting my cousins in Florida. They asked if I had watched the latest episode of the seventh season yet, and both of them, two boys that are only one and three years younger than me, were so shocked that I hadn't watched any episodes from the seventh season. What came next is what you can guess. We marathon-ed the entire seventh season in a day. And I remember distinctly that I had to head to the airport at 4am, and we were still awake when I had to go. But, after that day, I was very invested in the show.

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