Honda Tadakatsu Statue by Rekishi no Tabi
Honda Tadakatsu was probably the quintessential Mikawa samurai. A loyal vassal of Tokugawa Ieyasu, he served in all the major campaigns that lead to Ieyasu’s rise to power. Respected by both friends and foes, he was one “bad ass” on the battlefield. In merit of his service, he was granted the fief of Okazaki, taking up residence in the castle that was Ieyasu’s birthplace.