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- "Wars are to be won with swords and spears, not with rice and salt."
- ―Uesugi Kenshin.[src]
Uesugi Kenshin (18 February 1530 – 19 April 1578) was the head of the Uesugi clan and a member of the Templar Order. One of the most powerful daimyo of his time, Kenshin ruled Echigo Povince. In addition to his skill in battle, Kenshin was also a gifted administrator who greatly expanded industry and trade in his province.
When the army of fellow daimyo, Takeda Shingen, neared Echigo, Kenshin moved to halt their advance. He fought Shingen's forces to a stalemate, starting a fierce decade-long rivalry between the two daimyos. The mutual enmity ended when Shingen was assassinated in 1573 over possession of his Sword of Eden.