Friday, December 14, 2018

2018 Awards



2018 is about to come to an end, and that means awards time.  My pick for the 2018 Nobunaga award is Neil McMullin's thesis Oda Nobunaga and the Buddhist Institutions.  Neil's paper is a gold mine covering Nobunaga's war with the Ishiyama Honganji.  What I came away with the paper is that Kennyo Kosa did not have the stomach for a prolong war against Nobunaga.  If he can make a deal for peace, he would do it.  He also would likely obey an Imperial decree.  Nobunaga would only obey if it was to his advantage.  I plan to write more on Neil's work next year.

My new book The Viper and the Fool, (E-Book only) is finally published and can be bought on Amazon Kindle.  The novel covers Saito Dosan's conflict with Oda Nobuhide, the meeting with Nobunaga in 1553, Battle of Muraki, Battle of Nagaragawa, and the birth of Gifu.

Tenka no tame!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

2019 Nobunaga Forum

The 2019 Nobunaga Forum will be held on January 20th at Juroku Plaza in Gifu.  These Nobunaga Forums are interesting and educating and I have been to a couple of them.

Nobunaga no tame!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Nobunaga's Yashiki Found?



There is news from Komaki that Nobunaga's yashiki or mansion was found at Komaki Castle.  If the discovery is true, this is great news in general relating to Nobunaga and Komaki Castle.

Article: https://www.asahi.com/sp/articles/ASLCG2V5NLCGOBJB001.html

Tenka no tame!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Sumo at Jorakuji

Nobunaga often held sumo bouts at Azuchi's Jorakuji.  He held one early in 1570 and it was recorded in Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki.

Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga (p. 139)

"On the 3rd of the Third Month, Nobunaga summoned sumo wrestlers from throughout Omi Province and watched them compete in Jorakuji.  The participants were

Shika of the Hyakusaiji, Kojika of the Hyakusaiji, Taito, Seigon Nagamitsu, Miyai Ganzaemon, Taishin of the Kawaraji, Hashi Kozo, Fukao Matajiro, Namazue Mataichiro, and Aoji Yoemon.

In addition to these countless other wrestlers with good skills flocked to Jorakuji, all of them thinking to outdo the others.  The referee was Kinose Zoshun'an.
Nobunaga summoned before him two wrestlers who had won the most bouts, Namazue Mataichiro and Aoiji Yoemon, and gave each of them a sword and a dagger with gold-encrusted sheaths.  From this day onward they were admitted to Nobunaga's vassal band and were appointed sumo commissioners, the ultimate of honors for both men.  The skilful and attractive sumo put on display by Fukao Matajiro on this occasion caught Nobunaga's eye, so he gave Fukao a present of some clothes--a happy event for Fukao."


Nobunaga no tame!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Yasuke Part II

Here is Yasuke Part II using They Came to Japan, An Anthology of European Reports on Japan 1543-1640 by Michael Cooper, p. 70.

"All this aroused the curiosity of Nobunaga who summoned the man into his presence.  He was so intrigued by the dusky fellow that he made him strip to the waist to satisfy himself that his colour was genuine.  The ruler thereupon called his children to witness this extraordinary spectacle and one of his nephews gave the man a sum of money."



Tenka no tame!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Nobuhide Facts

Here are some facts on Nobunaga's father, Oda Nobuhide.


  • In 1540, Nobuhide contributed money for the construction of the Outer shrine in Ise.
  • For his efforts, he was granted the title of Bingo no Kami.
  • in 1543, Nobuhide donated large sums of money for the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.
  • For his efforts, he received a letter from Emperor Go-Nara and a copy of the first part of the Kokin Wakashu, poetry from the Heian Era.
During the early part of the 1540s, Nobuhide was fighting against the Imagawa in western Mikawa and soon would be fighting against Saito Dosan.


Nobunaga no tame!

Monday, September 10, 2018

New Okehazama Magazine


Rekishijin Magazine has a new issue on the Battle of Okehazama.  I need this issue ASAP.  I wonder if the local historians, the Kajino family has been consulted?  Hopefully, they were.

Tenka no tame!