Saturday, June 15, 2019

Nobunaga and Asia

I rarely do not buy any historical conspiracy books, but ended up buying one since it was too good to pass up.  Moshi Honnoji no hen ga nakattara Nobunaga wa ajia wo douitsu shita by Izawa Motohiko is just that.  It was too good to pass up and bought it at a bookstore in Nagoya Station.  Basically, if Nobunaga escapes from the Honnoji or no rebellion at all, he has Asia under his control in the near future.

Some key points about the book.

  • 1582 Nobunaga escapes from the Honnoji and crushes Akechi Mitsuhide.
  • 1585 Nobunaga has Japan under his control.
  • 1587 Nobunaga attacks China by controlling Ninpo, a key port on the silk road.
  • 1589 Nobunaga attacks the Philippines.
  • 1592 Nobunaga marches to Europe.
The book is a stretch at times but the author backs it up with historical evidence from Nobunaga's past military experiences.  To be fair, I have met Izawa Motohiko.  He is a small potato, but a warm man.  I am still reading the book at the moment and finding it quite interesting.

Nobunaga no tame!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Why Nobunaga was needed

During the middle of the 15th century and most of the 16th century, Japan was in a constant state of chaos and warfare.  The Ashikaga government was weak as well as the emperor.  If your lands and resources were taken over by a rival clan or warlord, you could not appeal to a higher authority for help since they were weak.  The central government had no monopoly to control the violence.  If you wanted to protect your land and resources, you either fight at all costs, create an alliance with a clan, or submit to a higher authority, which was costly.

The Sengoku Era was brutal and won ton violence was necessary.  That man who became the most ruthless warlord in Japan, Nobunaga was needed to unify the country.  The strongman always rises to the top when there is a constant state of warfare and chaos.  Nobunaga was that man.  Yes, he was one brutal and evil son of a bitch, but he was the man Japan needed at the time to unify the country.  He one reason why he is the most popular historical figure in Japan to this day.  He did not give a damn what other think of him.  He had a job and that was to unify the country at all costs.  Yes, he was and is to this day, Japan's number one strong man!  Heads taken thousands, fucks given zero!

Tenka no tame!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

June Update

I just returned from a month or so in Japan.  I attended the 2019 Nagashino and Azuchi Nobunaga Matsuri as well as the Imagawa Yoshimoto Matsuri in Shizuoka.  Later did a walking tour at the Battle of Okehazama Battlefield giving key points on why and how Nobunaga won.  In Gifu, the castle grounds are continuing excavation work producing some incredible results.  Also Gifu is preparing for next year's Akechi Mitsuhide Taiga drama.  More later.

Nobunaga no tame!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Fujiwara Theory

This is my last post before I leave for Japan.  The Oda are considered to be offshoots of the Fujiwara clan.  In 1518, Oda Michikatsu the deputy governor of Owari issued a document signing it "Fujiwara no Michikatsu."  Now the oldest document with Nobunaga's signature was written in 1549, when issued the a public off-limits notice to The Eight Villages of Atsuta signed as "Fujiwara no Nobunaga."  That same year (1549), Nobunaga ordered 500 matchlock rifles from Kunitomo in Omi Province.

Now Nobunaga used the title "Fujiwara no Nobunaga" only once.  The reason why Nobunaga used the Fujiwara name still unclear to this day.  There is a theory that Nobunaga used the Fujiwara name to give him some special status claiming that the Oda was a descendent from a 14th century court noble by the name of Fujiwara Nobumasa.

Tenka no tame!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Kobayashi Castle

Kobayashi Castle landmark is located near the Osu Kannon district in Nagoya.  Nobunaga's younger sister, the 12th daughter of Oda Nobuhide was married to Maki Nagakiyo.  Nagakiyo died in 1570.  Kobayashi-dono, Nobunaga's sister died in 1587.  She was also known as Shintokuin.

Nobunaga no tame!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Okehazama at Obu Poster

Here is the Battle of Okehazama Exhibit at Obu Poster.  I will be able to see the exhibit in person next month and plan to give a report on once I return from my trip.

Toyoake City Battle of Okehazama Link:

I might have posted the link last year, but it is necessary to post it.  The Toyoake City Battle of Okehazama link provides one with the history and details of the Toyoake City Battle of Okehazama Battlefield.  It also includes reference materials to those who want to know the Battle of Okehazama.

Tenka no tame!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Okehazama at Obu

Earlier this morning I found out some fantastic new on the Battle of Okehazama from my friend Hide in Japan.  The Obu City History Museum will have a month long display on the Battle of Okehazama.  I will definitely be there to check it out.  The exhibition will be held April 13th-May 19th.  What I understand the exhibition will have topics related to:

  • Imagawa Yoshimoto/Oda Nobunaga's foundations
  • Oda Nobuhide's invasion of Mikawa
  • Yoshimoto's invasion of Owari
  • The Battle of Okehazama
  • Post Battle of Okehazama
  • Other related topics

Nobunaga no tame!