Monday, May 19, 2008


May 19th, 1560 is one of the most important dates in Japanese history. It was the day where Oda Nobunaga came out of his shell and took Sengoku Japan by storm. His victory over Imagawa Yoshimoto was pure genius. Nobunaga defeated an army of 25,000 (45,000?); whereas, he only had 3,000 (2,000 on the battlefield). It was also the battle where Sengoku warfare changed completely. It went from military exploitation to the age of human intelligence. Yanada Masatsuna was the man who was responsible for the chief intelligence. He was rewarded with cash and Kutsukake Castle. When Nobunaga received the data he went for a sneak attack. As for Imagawa Yoshimoto, what was his main goal? Kyoto, secure Mikawa, secure Narumi, or Owari? To tell you the truth, it was Kyoto. He was too fanatical about the city. It was a hot day on May, 19th, and a thunderstorm played a key role. Four key points that made Okehazama a success. Rainstorm, human intelligence, small army, and Okehazama. Nobunaga used all four to his advantage, the surprise attack worked, and easily triumphed. This victory alone made Nobunaga's dream to unite Japan into one a possibility. My book is finished and now looking for a publisher.

Tenka no Tame!

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