Monday, October 6, 2008

Owada Tetsuo and more on Kagemusha

This is the Book by Owada Tetsuo I mentioned in my last post. It is easy to understand and read. If someones Japanese is limited, they can still understand what the author is talking about. The book is general, but the diagrams makes the book easy to comprehend. The big three: Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu's characteristics are discussed too. My favorite is why Sengoku warlords practiced the tea ceremony and what the ashigaru carried with them on the campaign. Family trees and bloodlines are simplified and makes it easier to understand. General, but a easy book to read.

More on Kagemusha.
mentioned "Amen!" and was in awe when Professor Kitsuno of Samurai Archives was making his case on the Daisuke Ryu's awesome performance as Nobunaga. Three minute performance? I think it was more than that. I enjoyed Nobunaga first appeared in the movie. On his horse and questioning his spies. You can see the fear on the messenger's face. Later he questioned the messenger again. If Shingen was alive the castle would be surrounded. Nobunaga and Ieyasu drinking wine and at the end giving Ieyasu the two bags of gold. KitsunoNobunaga in armor marching with his army with the priest giving his blessings. And do not forget Nobunaga's "Atsumori" near the end of the film. I love that movie!

The book is moving along and should be ready for the Holidays.

Tenka no Tame!

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