Tuesday, October 27, 2020

10 Year Anniversary

 Big news regarding to the Battle of Okehazama.  Sunday November 1st, there will be a 10 year Arimatsu Okehazama Battlefield statue anniversary celebration.  The Nagoya Busho(Nobunaga will make an appearance) will be there along with other festivities.  Ten years ago, the first Imagawa Yoshimoto statue was erected in Japan.  That has changed since earlier this year, Shizuoka erected their own Yoshimoto statue.  With all the doom and gloom this year, I am excited that things are getting back to normal and people can enjoy themselves again.  The event is hosted by the Arimatsu Okehazama Battlefield Preservation Committee, which I am a member of.  If you are in the area, by all means go.

Tenka no tame!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Sekigahara Museum

 Something a bit different today.  The new Sekigahara Museum is now open to the public.  Owada Tetsuo does a small tour of the museum.  If you are in Gifu Prefecture, spend some time at the Sekigahara Battlefield.  I also want to add, my Sengoku colleague Chris Glenn had a lot to do with this.  He has spent many months preparing and planning for the new museum.

Nobunaga no tame!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

New Gifu Castle Discovery


There is big news regarding Gifu Castle.  From the recent archeological work being done at Gifu Castle, tile from the western tower was found and believed to be pre Azuchi.  Which means it was built during the time of Nobunaga was at Gifu.  Gifu was Nobunaga's headquarters between 1567-75.

Link: http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/139401

Tenka no tame!

Sunday, October 18, 2020


 Here is a video by Owada Tetsuo explaining the Miyoshi raid on Honkokuji in 1569.  Honkokuji was located in Kyoto and Ashikaga Yoshiaki was also residing there as well.

Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga (p. 128)

"On the 4th of the First Month, the Miyoshi Triumvirs together with Saito Uhyoe no Tayu Tatsuoki, Nagai Hayato and others, having recruited ronin from southern parts, surrounded the shogun and his temple residence at Rokujo. Yakushiji Kurozaemon commanded their advance guard.  His soldiers burnt down the neighborhood in front of the gate and were on the point of forcing their way inside the temple."

Rokujo was located at Honkokuji.  Also this was first appearance of Akechi Mitsuhide.

I wrote a post on this last year:Http://otsuke.blogspot.com/2019/11/mitsuhide-in-shincho-ko-ki.html

Nobunaga no tame!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Imai Sokyu


Imai Sokyu (1520-93) was a merchant and tea master from Sakai near Osaka.  He is first mentioned in the Shincho-Ko ki in 1568.

Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga (p. 123) "The Five Home Provinces and the neighboring provinces had all submitted to Nobunaga's rule.  Matsunaga Danjo presented  Tsukumogami, unparalleled in our country, to Nobunaga, and Imai Sokyu offered the famous tea-leaf jar Matsushima together with the tea caddy called Nasu, which belonged to Joo."

The video above, Owada Tetsuo explains this in great detail.

Tenka no tame!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Saito Dosan Tour Video

 Here is a nice video on landmarks related to Nobunaga's father-in-law Saito Dosan.  The video covers Jozaiji Temple, Sagiyama Castle, and Dosan's grave. All landmarks are located in Gifu and can be covered easily in a day. 

Nobunaga no tame!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Samonji Sword News

 For those who love swords and the Battle of Okehazama, I have news for you.  According to Owada Tetsuo, there will be a replication of the Samonji sword that Imagawa Yoshimoto used during the Battle of Okehazama.  When he was killed, it went into the hands of Oda Nobunaga.  The sword used to be 2 feet 6 inches, but Nobunaga shortened it to 2 feet 2 inches.  It was known that Nobunaga tested the sword many times and it was one of his favorite possessions. 

According to the video, the Samonji sword is due early spring of 2021.  The actual Samonji sword is located at Kenkun Jinja in Kyoto.

Tenka no tame!