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: http://www.nobunaga450.jp/event/event-1272  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!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Nobunaga Coin Figure



There is a Nobunaga figure you can buy from a coin machine in Japan.  Details here in Japanese:http://www.gashapon.jp/busyou/

Nobunaga no tame!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Nobunaga Forum



Happy New Year to you all!

On February 25th, Gifu will host its 10th annual Nobunaga Forum with guest host Owada Tetsuo.  Topics will include Nobunaga's conquest of Mino, the name changed to Gifu and its historical significance, and the Tenka Fubu slogan.  Yours truly will be there and will post an analysis in the near future.

Link: http://www.nobunaga450.jp/event/event-1250

Nobunaga no tame!
Tenka no tame!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Oda Maku At Gifu Castle


2017 is nearly here and the year long celebration in Gifu is about begin.  Gifu will be celebrating their 450th anniversary.  Gifu Castle usually has the Saito and Oda crest to honor the Saito and Oda families who made Mino strong.  However, in 2017, Gifu Castle will only have the Oda maku for a year in honor of Nobunaga's founding of Gifu.  He renamed Inoguchi to Gifu in 1567.

Link:https://t.co/r1mmhFcjpl

Tenka no tame!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Nobunaga Castle Book by Kato Masafumi



There is a new 292 page book out this week on Nobunaga's castles by Kato Masafumi.  His new book is Oda Nobunaga no shiro.  The price is 907 yen and it book covers Komaki, Gifu, and Azuchi castles.  I plan to buy the book while in Japan early next year.

Nobunaga no tame!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Fuuunji Oda Nobunaga Talk Show



There will be a movie screening and talk show with Kyoko Kagawa on the 1959 Fuunji Oda Nobunaga in Gifu.  Kyoko Kagawa played the role of Nohime in the film while Nakamura Kinnosuke was Nobunaga.  The dates of this event is December 17/18.  Ms. Kyoko Kagawa will speak about the film on the 17th.  This special event will lead up to next year's celebration of the 450th anniversary of Gifu's founding by Nobunaga.

By the way, in my opinion, Kyoko Kagawa played the role of Nohime very well.

Link: http://gifu-civic.info/topics/h28_odanobunaga/5587/

Tenka no tame!