Wednesday, October 16, 2019

2019 Kenkun Jinja Matsuri

The Oda Nobunaga Kenkun Jinja Matsuri in Kyoto will be held on Saturday October 19th.


Kenkun Jinja is the home of the armor Nobunaga wore during the Battle of Okehazama, copy of the Shincho-Ko ki, and the Samonji sword.  Earlier this year I visited Kenkun Jinja received a Meiwa certificate with a Tenka Fubu print along with Atsumori.  The festival will have a matchlock rifle squad along with samurai in Sengoku armor.

Tenka no tame!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Battle of Ino 1556 I

Battle of Inogahara landmark:  Take Nagoya City Subway Tsurmai Line and exit at Shonaidori Station, use exit 2.

I will continue with the discussion of the Battle of Ino since it put Nobunaga on the offensive and it was a key victory for the unification of Owari.   Nobunaga was outnumbered almost 2 to 1 and still came out on top.  Why?  I do believe that Shibata Katsuie and Hayashi Mimasaka, along with Hidesada underestimated Nobunaga's military tactics and strategy.  After all, they heard nothing but how he was an idiot and scumbag.  It was the complete opposite.  Yes, Nobunaga often mock battles and firing the guns out in the Owari countryside while he should be attending to formal matters, but that is what made him strong.  The preparation made him a force to be reckon with.  Only a few noticed.  Hirate Masahide was one of those.  Even though he tried his best to train Nobunaga into a traditional samurai, it did not work.  That being said, he did know that Nobunaga was a rare gem because he was not traditional.  Shibata Katsuie, Hayashi Mimasaka, Hayashi Hidesada, long with Nobuyuki did not understand until it was too late.

Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga (p. 80)

"There were more than four hundred fifty heads in all, including those of Owaki Torazo, Kobe Heishiro, and many other samurai of standing.

From that moment on, Nagoya and Suemori were castles under siege.  Again and again, Nobunaga forced his way between them, burnt down everything as far as the entries to the townships below their walls, and launched attacks on them."

Nobunaga knew he did not have the numbers to compete with Nobuyuki's allied army.  That being said, Nobunaga knew the quality of his soldiers and put them in place where they can succeed at its highest capacity.  This is leadership at its best.  Katsuie found out the hard way and sided with Nobunaga.  After his brother's death at Ino, Hayashi Hidesada knew that being on the wrong side meant death.

Nobunaga no tame!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Battle of Ino 1556

The Battle of Ino in 1556 was one of key conflicts for Nobunaga's quest of Owari.  He would end up in triumph and remarkably, he was outnumbered 2 to 1.  Shibata Katsuie (fighting for Oda Nobuyuki at the time) had 1,000 men while Hayashi Mimasaka (Hayashi Hidesada's brother) had 700. Nobunaga at the time of the battle only had 700 and his command post was on an edge of a bamboo grove to the east.

Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga (p.79-80)

"On the 24th of the Eighth Month, at the Hour of the Horse(around noon), Nobunaga opened the attack toward the southeast, striking at Shibata Gonroku's unit with the greater part of his forces,  Blows fell thick and fast, and Yamada Jibuzaemon was killed. Shibata Gonroku took Yamada's head but was wounded himself and left the battlefield in a hurry. Sassa Magosuke was killed,and numerous accomplished warriors either were killed or fled to Nobunaga's presence.  At his side Oda Shozaemon, Oda Sake no Jo (Nobufusa), Mori Sanzaemon (Yoshinari), and about forty attendants armed with pikes.  Sake no Jo and Sanzaemon together struck down Ohara of Tsuchida, a samurai originally of the Kiyosu warrior band, and then shoved and pished one another while trying to snatch Ohara's head.  the two sides clashed; the battle raged; Lord Kazua no suke roared.  The enemy fighters, who were after all his kinsman and retainers, saw grandeur.  In the end, the enemy collapsed and fled.  A servant of Sake no Jo, a man called Zenmon, cut down Kobe Heishiro and said, 'My lord, take his head.'  But Sake no Jo merely replied responded, 'Just cut him down as many as you can,' and kept moving.

Next Nobunaga turned south, to take on Hayashi Mimasaka's force.  Here Kuroda Hanbei and Hayashi Mimasaka slashed at each other for hours, and Hanbei's left hand was cut off.  when Hanbei and Mimasaka both were spent, Kazusa no Suke Nobunaga engaged Mimasaka.  Guchu Sugiwaka, one of Oda Shozaemon's menials, fought so well that juncture that he was subsequently promoted and given the name Sugizaemon no Jo.

Nobunaga struck down Hayashi Mimasaka and cut off his head, taking revenge for Hayashi's treason.  the enemy was routed with united forces, but then it was every man for himself.  each of Nobunaga's men had his horse brought up from the rear, jumped on it, and took off in pursuit of the fleeing enemy.  They came back from the chase with many a head.  That day, Nobunaga returned from the battlefield to Kiyosu.  the next day, he personally inspected the heads that had been taken:

The head of Hayashi Mimasaka  taken by Oda Kazusa no Suke Nobunaga.
Kamata Suke no Jo  Taken by Tsuda Sama no Jo (Moritsuki).
Tomino Sakyo no Shin  taken by Takabatake Sanemon.
Yamaguchi Matajiro taken by Kimata Rokurosaburo.
Hashimoto Juzo taken by Sakuma Daigaku.
Tsunoda Shingo taken by Matsura Kamesuke."

Tenka no tame!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Nobunaga Meme

Here is a nice Nobunaga Meme.  Oichi asked Nobunaga how many did you kill this time?  Here is Nobunaga's reply.  Perfect!

Nobunaga no tame!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Update Rekishi Gunzo Okehazama Article

I have an update on the new Rekishi Gunzo Okehazama article.  To tell you the truth, I am somewhat surprised since it is a totally new theory.  According to the Mikawa Monotagari, Imagawa Yoshimoto's army left Chiryu for Odaka, not Kutsukake Castle.  I do own a copy of the Mikawa Monogatari, and have read up on that Yoshimoto left Chiryu for Odaka.  I can understand that and have no problem with it.  The truth is that Yoshimoto left Chiryu for Kutsukake.

Now here comes the most bizarre part of the article.  According to the article, Yoshimoto's main army arrived at Odaka Castle.  After stopping at Odaka, the main army left southeast, passing Takaneyama to Okehazama.  This shocked me.  Why head southeast instead continuing north.  Odaka was the launching pad to Kiyosu.  Even from my own military experience, you do not retreat or quit the campaign unless something drastic happens.  At least Yoshimoto should have gone north to Narumi.  This is a completely different theory for sure.  If it was true, that Yoshimoto stopped at Odaka and later headed southeast, it was a good omen for Nobunaga since the enemy was caught in the open.

I am not completely sold on this theory.  It goes against military logic.  That being said, I will continue to study this theory since it is different.

Tenka no tame!

Friday, September 20, 2019

2019 Gifu Nobunaga Matsuri

Big news from Gifu.  The 2019 Gifu Nobunaga Matsuri will be held on October 5/6.  This will be the 63rd yearly event.  The poster includes Nobunaga with his rifle along with Saito Dosan and Akechi Mitsuhide.  This is one of the better Nobunaga festivals in Japan and I have been to the festival at least three times.  If you are in Gifu during the time of the festival, by all means go.

Nobunaga no tame!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Rekishi Gunzo Okehazama Article

The October 2019 Rekishi Gunzo magazine will have an article on the Battle of Okehazama.  As for myself, I need this issue.

Tenka no tame!