Monday, October 19, 2009

Okehazama during the Taisho Era

Here is an old photo of the Okehazama area during the Taisho Era. The photo has a crease due to packing my bags while heading home. The chances are high in my opinion that this is what Okehazama looked like during Nobunaga's time. Nothing but farmland and trees. This photo blew me away. Now I have a picture of what the Battle of Okehazama was like in my head. No matter what people say about the frontal attack, I still say it was surprise attack all the way.

Also there is a link that has some photos taken by Dohaland during the Nagoya Festival. The Nobunaga Zen bento was superb. If anybody who is in the Nagoya area, please try it. It is worth the 1200 Yen price. The miso yakionigiri was the best in my opinion. There is construction going on at Atsuta Shrine at the moment and the fresh smell of new wood is so delicious! Dohaland also took some photos of me at the Nobunaga Victory Wall as well. When I visit Atsuta Shrine, the Nobunaga Victory Wall is the first place to go. The wall is still the original and constructed with mud, lime and grease.

Yes, I do enjoy wearing kimono and it was not a rental. I own a couple of kimono and yukatas in my personal collection.

Many thanks to Dohaland who made the day special.

Nobunaga no tame!


Tornadoes28 said...

I like the kimono. I was actually thinking this yesterday by coincidence that I think Japanese men should where kimono more often as a regular outfit, even to work.

The bento looks sugoi oishi.

otsuke said...

Yes I think they should. The kimono is comfortable in my opionion and if you have some weight issues, the kimono can hide them. Lucky that I am in shape. Since most of my Japanese friends are women, they often talk about seeing their man wearing some type of wafuku. They think it is sexy.

What I like about the kimono that it is adaptable. You do not have to wear geta. Boots are fine. I think the women's obi is too tight. A simple sash is fine with me.

Tornadoes28 said...

How does the battle field look today compared to that picture? Is there a lot more development or is it still relatively open?

otsuke said...

The Okehazama area today is nothing like the photo. Development of houses and small roads. No open space. I think that is the main reason why it is hard to find landmarks related to the battle. They are hidden are the houses.

Tornadoes28 said...

It is too bad that many of these famous battlefields are not preserved and protected like how American Civil War battlefields are protected by the National Park Service.

otsuke said...

The battlefield is preserved, but on a very small scale. Both battlefields are small parks. You can walk through the park in less than a minute. Sekigahara, Nagashino, and Kawanajaima are huge and I have been to all three of them.