1450 - 1750 // Toyotomi Hideyoshi
 Born on 1536, Toyotomi Hideyoshi is known as one of the three unifiers of Japan. Oda Nobunaga was the first, then Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu was Hideyoshi's successor. The three military leaders were needed in able to restore unity and internal peace. Hideyoshi was a shogun (a Japanese general) who is the successor of Nobunaga. During the Momoyama Period (1573-1603), political and social systems were undergoing political changes. Before being in charged, Nobunaga won wars and deposed Ashikaga shogun. By 1600, the number of Chrstian rose and grew even larger in 1630s. When Portuguese came with muskets and firearms, Japanese decided to copy them and so firearms were mastered 30 years after.

Hideyoshi had many ideals and motives. First of all, he wanted to continue some of Nobunaga's profecies. Toyotomi Hideyoshi punished those who betrayed and turned against Nobunaga. By 1590, he became the military master of Japan. The military master wanted to conquest many places. He dreamed of taking over and ruling China, as well as India even if he only knew a little bit about the countries. Hideyoshi had a vision of empire building on a grand scale that caused the country a defeat in the future. 

Throughout his power being a military master, Hideyoshi has made quite a few significant actions. His visions of conquering countries, caused him to threaten the Spaniards that were located in the Philippines. On 1592, he attacked Korea destructively. This attack caused a war between Japan and Korea. This attack was hoped to be the cause to conquer China and other countries. Hideyoshi attacked Korea once more on 1597, and 1598 the Japanese were defeated in the Imdin War. Both of the attacks towards Korea were both unsuccessful. He also ordered Christian missionaries to leave the islands. The master was actively persecuting Christian missionaries and converts.

Being in power, Toyotomi Hideyoshi had long and short term effects for Japan. The three unifier had to contend against the Europeans. They traded with the Japanese for silver, copper, pottery and lacquerware. Portuguese also traded firearms, printing press, and Western devices such as clocks. He had plan to have campaigns of overseas expansion. Although, Hideyoshi welcomed foreigners and give them tours. He was against Christianity after learning about Conquistadors missionaries in Latin America and Philippines. In cultural wise, art flourished. The works of art that he wanted became popular until the next period. Japanese ceramics and tea ceremony were assembled by the shogun.

As one of the three unifiers of Japan, Toyotomi along with the other two rulers helped form the premodern Japan. After Toyotomi's death on 1598, during his second attack on Korea, Tokugawa Ieyasu became his successor. He had been able to build up a powerful domain and were triumphant from the reneewed warfare due to Hideyoshi. Toyotomi had made policies of national unification and had impacted Japan's culture and political system.