Monday, June 2, 2008

Photos of Honnoji and Nijo Palace

Here are some photos of the Honnoji landmark and Nijo Palace landmark. The Honnoji landmark is located near Horikawa-dori in Kyoto. This was the area where the Honnoji Rebellion took place. The photos in the midle and top left is the modern Honnoji located in Teramachi in Kyoto. The photo to the left is the old Nijo Palace. This is not the Nijo Castle which was built by the Tokugawa shogunate. The popular Kyoto tourist attraction is still a must see. Highly recommend it.
Today is the day Nobunaga died. His short temper was a strength of his, but this time it cost him his life. He was truly caught off guard and did not expect anything to go wrong. Nobunaga's death was a big blow to Japanese warfare. If he lived for another ten or more years who knows what he could come up with. I do know this, Japan would have been a very different country. His futuristic thinking would have given his enemies the chills. Many people do not know Nobunaga was a builder as well. For example, Nijo Palace and Azuchi Castle. Osaka Castle and Edo Castle would not have been built if Azuchi Castle was not constructed. The same for Himeiji as well. The tea utensils that were burnt to ashes during the rebellion destroyed Nobunaga's legacy. It was known the utensils were rare. It was by the stroke of God Mitsuhide did not live long after Nobunaga's death since he was killed by a farmer retreating from his defeat at the Battle of Yamasaki which was won by Nobunaga's trusty friend, Hideyoshi.

Nobunaga no Tame! Tenka no Tame!

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