Thursday, October 12, 2017

2017 Kenkun Jinja Matsuri



Kenkun Jinja will hold their yearly festival on Thursday October 19th.  Kenkun Jinja is a small shrine located in northern Kyoto.  The shrine houses Nobunaga's armor, a copy of Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki, and the great Samonji sword that was used at the Battle of Okehazama (Nobunaga's war trophy).

Link with English information and video: http://discoverkyoto.com/event-calendar/october/funaoka-taisai-kenkun-shrine

Nobunaga no tame!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 Soken-in



Kyoto's Soken-in at Daitokuji is open for the fall again.  For those who want to see a huge wooden statue of Nobunaga, his grave, his sons grave, the grave of his wife Nohime and concubine Onabe no Kata, this is your chance.  The dates are 10/7 to 12/8 (October 7th to December 8th).  Admission is 600 yen.

Link: http://kyotoshunju.com/?temple=daitokuji-sokenin

This is a rare treat and I have been able to visit the temple a few times to observe Nobunaga's grave.  A must see for those who love the Uesama.

Tenka no tame!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Nobunaga Gallery I


More news related to Gifu's Nobunaga Gallery.  There is a display of Nobunaga's outfit that was used in this year's Taiga drama Ii Naotora.  A must see for sure.  As for myself, it seems that I went to Japan too early this year as I am missing all the great things related to Gifu and Nobunaga.

Link: https://t.co/zUxuAArRxT

Nobunaga no tame!

2017 Nobunaga Kiyosu Festival


Apologize for the short notice, but the 2017 Nobunaga Kiyosu Matsuri is this weekend at Kiyosu Castle.  October 8th is the day the festival will be held.  Thee will be a warrior parade, matchlock rifle shooting, and more at Kiyosu Castle.

Link: https://www.aichi-now.jp/spots/detail/28/

Tenka no tame!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Katahara Isshiki Castle



Katahara Isshiki Castle located in Owari was the home of the Hashimoto Family.  This was the home of Nobunaga's gun instructor Hashimoto Ippa.  His fame to claim was the Battle of Ukino in 1558.  Mikawa Hide has a link on Ippa: http://sengokushiseki.com/?p=1194

Here is part of passage from the Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga on the Battle of Ukino and Hashimoto Ippa.

"As a man called Hayashi Yashichiro, a native of the village of Asano who was a famous archer, was fleeing from the battlefield with his bow, Hashimoto Ippa, the famous harquebusier, went for him.  Since they were long-time friends, Yashichiro shouted to Ippa, 'I'm not going to spare your life!' 'Understood,' was the response.  Yashichiro nocked a shaft fitted with an arrowhead about four sun (twelve centimeters) long to his bow, turned back, and sent the arrow flying deep into Ippa's armpit.  But Ippa, who had loaded his harquebus with a double charge, took aim and fired too. Yashichiro fell to the ground." (p. 106)

Nobunaga no tame!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Origins Of Gifu I

Gifu's origins were from China.  I wrote a post about two years ago explaining why Nobunaga chose to rename Inoguchi to Gifu in 1567.  Perfect for Gifu's 450th anniversary.

Link: http://otsuke.blogspot.com/2015/09/origins-of-gifu.html

Tenka no tame!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nobunaga Golf


Nobunaga golf?  Well, the 2017 Japan Open will be held at the Gifu Seki Country Club in October.  From the logo above, yes, it is Nobunaga golf.  Enjoy.

Nobunaga no tame!