In the early 16th century, Japan is a warlike society ruled by samurai and their daimyo warlords. When Portuguese merchants arrive in 1543, they are the first Europeans to set foot in Japan. Missionaries quickly set out to convert the nation to Christianity. In the same year, a samurai boy named Tokugawa Ieyasu is born to a low ranking daimyo family.
Tokugawa Ieyasu unifies Japan and establishes a dynasty that will rule Japan for over 250 years. http://www.pbs.org/empires/japan/program_1.html
Tokugawa Ieyasu was the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan which ruled from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Ieyasu seized power in 1600, received appointment as shogun in 1603, abdicated from office in 1605, but remained in power until his death in 1616. His given name is sometimes spelled Iyeyasu, according to the historical pronunciation of we.
Part 2: The Will of the Shogunhttp://www.videosift.com/video/Japan-Memoirs-of-a-Secret-Empire-2-The-Will-of-the-Shogun
Part 3: Return of the Barbarianshttp://www.videosift.com/video/Japan-Memoirs-of-a-Secret-Empire-Return-of-the-Barbarians