Sunday, February 5, 2017

Gifu Nobunaga Book

Late last month there was a new Nobunaga book that was published.  Gifu Nobunaga is a 192 page book at the cost of 1296 yen.  That is on my want list for sure when I arrive in Japan next week.

Tenka no tame!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Megalith at Gifu Castle?

Big news according to the recent archaeological work being done at Gifu Castle.  It seems that Nobunaga used megalith rocks for his palace at Gifu Castle.  Japanese link:
I plan to visit Gifu Castle Park late next week.

Nobunaga no tame!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Anjo Castle News

My good friend Mikawa Hide has an excellent article on Anjo Castle.  The article includes history of the castle.  The battles between the Oda, Matsudaira, and Imagawa families.  As you read along, the article has maps of the honmaru and ni no maru.  As my myself, I have been to Anjo Castle twice and visited the museum, which is highly recommended.  

I also wrote a blog post on Anjo Castle back in 2009.  In 1540, Oda Nobuhide, with help from Mizuno Tadamasa, attacked Anjo Castle.  The 3,000 strong army took over the castle and Anjo Nagaie was killed in action.  Nobunaga's half-brother, Oda Nobuhiro was the new lord of the castle.  However, the tables were flipped in 1549.  The Imagawa/Matsudaira army triumphed by using firearms.  Nobuhiro was captured.  Nobuhide agreed to exchange Takechiyo (Tokugawa Ieyasu) for Nobuhiro at Kasadera in Owari.

Tenka no tame!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Niwa Nagahide's Residence

This is the landmark of Niwa Nagahide's residence located at Nagoya City Nishi-ku, Kodama-cho.  Nagahide (1535-85) was a simple, quiet, and honest man.  He was one of the "Boys from Owari" and played a major role in the conquest of Mino at the Battle of Dobora in 1565.

Nobunaga no tame!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Article by Kato Masafumi

Found an article by Kato Masafumi on Nobunaga's castles Komaki, Gifu, and Azuchi.  One main point the article hits on Komaki Castle.  Yes, it was a dry run for Azuchi and had stone walls.  However, Komaki Castle was located on an independent hill, like a floating island in the Nobi Plain.  Komaki had no huge hills or earth base.  In other words, it was defenseless.


Tenka no tame!

Friday, January 6, 2017

2017 Gifu Party

Gifu's year long celebration of its 450th birthday started last weekend at Gifu Castle.  Link to the article in Japanese:  The link has pictures from Gifu Castle.

Nobunaga no tame!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year and Nobunaga's Horse Guards

During that special New Year's celebration at Gifu Castle in 1574, Nobunaga invited warrior bands from the Kyoto area and its surrounding as well as his horse guards.  However, there was a big difference who got to attend the big party with the gold lacquered skulls of Asakura Yoshikage, Azai Hisamasa, and Azai Nagamasa.

". . . , all warriors from the Kyoto and its surrounding provinces came to Gifu to present themselves before Nobunaga.  Nobunaga hosted a banquet where each guest drank three rounds of sake.  After the Provincials had left, there was yet another feast, which only His Lordship's Horse Guards were allowed to attend.  During this second banquet, some extraordinary and unprecedented things were presented as accompaniments to the sake."  Lamers (Japonius Tyrannus, p. 32)

This meant that his Horse Guards which consisted at the time his "Owari band of Brothers" and the Mino Big Three were able to see gold dusted skulls.

Tenka no tame!