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!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Nobunaga link

There is a Nobunaga link that I use time to time and it is highly useful.  The page is in Japanese.  That being said, this is one of the better Nobunaga links out there.  The link also has a twitter and facebook account.

Nobunaga no tame!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Nobunaga and Kunitomo

In 1549, Nobunaga ordered 500 matchlock rifles from Kunitomo in Omi.

Tanegashima (Lidin, p. 135)

"Over and over again, Lord Nobunaga repeated that the number of teppo were too few, and the iron workers and teppo specialists were ordered to step up their efforts.  Ichiyu received the command that all kinds of preparations should be made and since quick action was asked for, instructions were sent to Kunitono village in Omi Province, to kunitomo Zenbee, Hyoeshiro, Sukedayu, Tokyusaemon in Kunitomo in (Goshu) Omi Province.  These four men undertook the work together with the iron experts, and 500 teppo for six-momme bullets were manufactured.  On the 18th day of the 7th month of Tenbun 18 (10 August 1549), they received the order from Lord Nobunaga through Hashimoto Ippa, . . ."

1 momme=3.75
The bullets for Nobunaga's guns were 22.5 grams.

Tenka no tame!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Young Nobunaga

I did some artwork drawing a young Nobunaga during his "Owari no Utsuke" days and it turned out okay.  Here is a passage from Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki (Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga), pp. 58-9.

"As for young Nobunaga's manner: He had on a bathrobe (yukatabira) with its sleeves removed, wore half-trousers (hanbakama) over it, and carried any number of pouches for flints and that sort of thing around his waist.  He kept his hair straight up like a tea whisk, tied with crimson and fresh-green cords. He bore a great sword with a vermilion sheath and ordered all the samurai of his retinue to outfit themselves in vermilion."

Nobunaga no tame!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Rokkaku at Okehazama

When I was at the Okehazama battlefield early this spring, I found out that the Rokkaku family of southern Omi provided some support for Nobunaga.  the information I received from the Kajino family and Chofukuji Temple near the Arimatsu Okehazama Battlefield is interesting.  According to the ancient documents from Chofukuji, the Rokkaku send an army of 1,500 which 272 were killed in action.  From the Mikawa Fudoki, 2,300 men were sent to provide aid.  If Rokkaku did provide aid for Nobunaga, I think that number is too high. According to the Kajino family, 1,500 or less is a more probable number.

With Nobunaga's victory over Imagawa Yoshimoto, the Saito had a major problem.  Saito Yoshitatsu knew he was next.  Right after the the Battle of Okehazama, Yoshitatsu made an alliance with the Rokkaku.  Nobunaga's relationship with the Rokkaku has been up and down.  In 1568, while marching to Kyoto with a massive army, Nobunaga brushed aside the Rokkaku with ease.

Tenka no tame!