Sunday, June 17, 2018

Luis Frois

This is a statute of the Portuguese Jesuit missionary Luis Frois (1532-97) located at the Gifu City Museum of History.

Frois was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1532 and first arrived in Japan in 1563, the same year that Nobunaga moved his headquarters from Kiyosu to Komaki.  In 1569, Frois first saw Nobunaga in person in Kyoto.  That day, Nobunaga was constructing Nijo Castle for shogun Ashikaga Yoshiaki.  It was noted in Frois's writings that one of Nobunaga's soldiers was harassing a young woman.  Nobunaga saw this and took immediate action as he chopped off the soldier's head in one single stroke of the blade.  Later in 1569, Frois visited Nobunaga again in Gifu.  He described Gifu as ancient Babylon.  Frois is one of the few foreigners who have met with Nobunaga on a consistent basis and has several writings on the meetings with the Uesama.

Tenka no tame!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Mitsuhide Talk

There will be a seminar on Akechi Mitsuhide on August 4th and 5th this year.  On the 4th, it will be held at Mizunami Cultural Center.  As usual, Owada Tetsuo is the leading guest speaker.  This will lead up to the 2020 Mitsuhide Taiga drama.

Nobunaga no tame!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Roads that lead to Okehazama

On my recent trip back to the Okehazama battlefield, I learned that here are two roads in the back of the Arimatsu Okehazama Battlefield Park.  The photo below is the Mikawa Michi.  During the time of the Battle of Okehazama, the road was extremely small and narrow.

This is the Chikazaki Michi which is below the Mikawa Michi.  These two roads connected.  Mikawa Michi stands out for me.  When the Kajino's told me how small and narrow the road was at the time, I was shocked.  Again, over time, the geography has changed, but not the secrets of the Battle of Okehazama.

Tenka no tame!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Okehazama 2018

I just returned home from another fantastic trip to Japan and already planning for next year.  The Arimatsu Okehazama Festival will be held this weekend.  Last weekend I was able to attend the Toyoake City festival, a beautiful festival it was.

I did a walking tour with the Kajino family and I will write about that in the near future.  I want to write about news that the Rokkaku from southern Omi did provide Nobunaga some assistance during the Battle of Okehazama.  According to the Chofukuji Temple, there is some relics that belong to a retainer of the Rokkaku who was killed in action at Okehazama.  That is news indeed.  The question is how did the Rokkaku know about the Imagawa campaign?

This brings me back to the Men of the Fields and their meeting at Ikoma mansion for Nobunaga's dance party.  Hachisuka Koroku and Maeno Shoemon usually had Hideyoshi with them when meeting with Nobunaga.  Without Hideyoshi, the two felt nervous and uneasy when meeting Nobunaga alone.  Guess what?  It happened.  Hideyoshi was not there at the dance party and Koroku and Shoemon had to meet with Nobunaga directly.  Where was Hideyoshi that night?  Kiyosu Castle?  Or requesting help from southern Omi?  It is a stretch, but it is quite possible that Nobunaga did request help from the Rokkaku using Hideyoshi as a messenger.  As for me, I am open about it.  Possible, but chances are not that high.

Nobunaga no tame!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

2018 Azuchi Matsuri

The 2018 Azuchi Nobunaga Festival will be held on Sunday June 3rd.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend due to the Toyoake Okehazama Festival.  That being said, this is one of the better Nobunaga festivals that is held in Japan.  Also I will be able to make a trip to Azuchi later this month.


Tenka no tame!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Sena Ujitoshi's Bucket

May is the Battle of Okehazama month and I will be at the battlefield on May 19th.  That being said, here is a picture of the bucket that Imagawa retainer Sena Ujitoshi presented to Shinmei Shrine as a gift to the gods right before the Battle of Okehazama.  Ujitoshi's camp was not far from the shrine and his camp was 49 by 125 feet in length.  Ujitoshi later served under the Takeda after the Battle of Okehazama.

Nobunaga no tame!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ryusenji and Nobuyuki

Just before Nobunaga assassinated his younger brother Nobuyuki in 1557, Nobuyuki practically turned Ryusenji into a fort.  This made Nobunaga angry.  He already forgave Nobuyuki the first time for treason, second time, no way!  Nobuyuki written his death sentence with the second rebellion.

Photo above is Ryusenji.

Ota Gyuichi Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga (Shincho-Ko ki) p. 93.

"The younger brother of Lord Kazusa no Suke Nobunaga, Lord Kanjuro, built up the Ryusenji, turning that temple into a fort.  He and Oda Ise no Kami (Nobukata) of Iwakura, who controlled the upper districts of Owari, had entered into an agreement to invade the Three Villages of of Shinoki, a fine estate that was part of Nobunaga's immediate domain."

Tenka no tame!