Monday, August 10, 2009
The Mino deed
Before Saito Dosan perished at the Battle of Nagaragawa in 1556. He wrote his will/deed to his son-in-law, Nobunaga. Dosan did not want his evil son, Yoshitatsu to obtain the deed. Dosan was one of the few men who recognized Nobunaga's genius. I have loosely translated the deed to the best of my ability. Here it is:
I write out this malice to soon end
to my hearts content.
I give Oda Kazu no Suke Nobunaga Mino
and present transfer documents to him.
Rather than suffering and dying in old age,
I would be happier dying in a midst of bloody battle
and then attain nirvana.
I shall lose tomorrow's battle, that I am sure.
However, where my soul shall dwell
after leaving this world.
Koji 2 Year
April 19 Saito Yamashiro Nyudo Dosan
I have high respect for Dosan since he knew Nobunaga's rare talent. God Bless him for that.
Nobunaga no tame! Mino no mamushi!