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Miyamoto Musashi’s Role in Yakuza 3 Revealed

You may know that Yakuza 3 is set in the Edo Period Kyoto, around 1605. You may also know that legendary Samurai Miyamoto Musashi features in the game. Well now we know exactly what type of role Musashi-san fills in Yakuza3:

The story begins when main character Kazumanosuke Kiryu, a bodyguard who will take on any job if the price is right, is approached by a young girl named Haruka. She asks Kiryu to kill Musashi Miyamoto. Musashi Miyamoto is actually Kiryu’s past self, and the name he goes by when outside of Gion. This, incidentally, is the same historical Musashi Miyamoto who’s regarded as one of the finest swordsmen.


Oh man, that’s awesome! Going by the time period the game is supposed to be set in, you will play the role of a 21 year old Miyamoto Musashi, who was supposedly born in 1584, although there are some conflicting theories as to the exact date that Musashi-san was born.

Regardless of the rumoured birth date, Musashi was already an accomplished and undefeated swordsman by the age of 21, so you should already be skilled in the four styles available to you in Yakuza 3.

It seems the game’s story will focus on Musashi’s ‘feud’ with the Yoshioka ryu (school). Looking at some of the cast of characters and the actors listed to play them, seems to confirm this:

Kojiro Sasaki (voiced by Shouta Matsuda)
Nagayoshi Marume (Naoto Takenaka)
Itou, the bodyguard (Susumu Terajima)
The mysterious monk (Hiroki Matsukata)
Seijyurou Yoshioka (Masaya Kato)
Toji Gion (Takeshi Tsukamoto)

The Book of Five Rings is my favourite book and I also have Hiroshi Inagaki’s Samurai Trilogy on DVD (Musashi Miyamoto, Duel at Ichijoji Temple and Duel at Ganryu Island) based on Miyamoto Musashi’s life with Toshiro Mifune playing the role of Musashi.

Pretty exciting stuff but I just hope this gets a Western release. Please make it so SEGA! 😥

Yakuza 3 Story Details