Friday, September 25, 2009

Anjo Castle

Anjo Castle ruins located in Anjo City, Aichi Prefecture

In 1540, Oda Nobuhide attacked Anjo castle which was held by the Matsudaira family. the lord of Anjo Castle during the time of the siege was Anjo Nagaie. According to Okada Masahito's Oda Nobunaga Sogo Jiten, Nobuhide led the attack with 3,000 troops and had some allied help from Mizuno Tadamasa.

The attack was successful and Anjo Nagaie was killed along with fifty others. Nobuhide then placed his son, Oda Nobuhiro as the new lord of Anjo. Nobuhiro held the castle until 1549. That year, the Imagawa led by Taigen Suufu attacked the castle and Nobuhiro was captured. Negotiations started between the Oda and the Imagawa and hostages were exchanged.

Oda Nobuhide exchanged a young boy named Takechiyo for his son Nobuhiro. Takechiyo would later be known as Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu would in the hands of the Imagawa until Nobunaga killed Yoshimoto at the Battle of Okehazama in 1560.

Reference: Okada Masahito, Oda Nobunaga Sogo Jiten, pp. 306-7.

Nobunaga no tame!


Tornadoes28 said...

Very interesting. What is at the location of the castle ruins today?

Are you in Japan already?

otsuke said...

I took the photo awhile back. About four years ago. I have not left yet. Next Friday I will be at the Okehazama Battlefield.

Tornadoes28 said...

Excellent. I hope you will take pictures and post them.

otsuke said...

Plan to When I return home. I have been to the battlefield many times, but my pictures did not turn out so well. Have to reshoot them. also plan to buy as many books I can on Nobunaga. My personal library is big and I have to find more space for my books.