Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Azuchi Castle Facts

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Azuchi Castle was Nobunaga's greatest building project ever. No doubt about it. Warlords, Artists, and Commoners Japan in the Sixteenth Century edited by George Elison and Bardwell L. Smith contains some nice information on page 304.

The Shincho-Ko ki mentions that Niwa Nagahide was the commissioner of construction. However, Nagahide did not stay on the job for long since he was sent to the Osaka front to fight. The man who replaced was Kimura Jirozaemon as the new commissioner of construction.

Kimura has done some previous construction projects for Nobunaga and was the perfect replacement. He also witnessed the the horrible castle destruction June of 1582 as well.

As for Okabe Mataemon, he was the main carpenter of the Azuchi construction project.
Azuchi Castle ruins.

Nobunaga no tame!


Tornadoes28 said...

I really want to see that film and I also would love to visit the castle site someday.

otsuke said...

Azuchi is a must see. I just did not have the trime, not the money to see the movie. Anyways, word out on the street is that the movie is a must see.

I just found out about Kimura and Nagahide a few months ago killing time reading Warlords, Artists, and Commoners ednotes. The endnotes are killer. The just fact checked by reading my copy of the Shincho-Ko ki.

It was nice to see Okabe Mataemon's name listed in the Shincho-Ko ki as one of main construction carpenters.

Tornadoes28 said...

Then I really can't wait to see it.

I read Warlords, Artists, and Commoners a few months ago and really enjoyed it, especially the chapter about Azuchi. What an amzing place that must have been. Too bad it was destroyed.

otsuke said...

I agree about Warlords, Artists, and Commoners. The endnotes are truly amazing.

Here is some additional information Okabe (Yoshikata) Mataemon. the data comes from Okada Masahito's Oda Nobunaga Sogo Jiten, pp. 263-4.

It seems that Okabe did some work at Atsuta Shrine and then he was off to Azuchi for the big one. After Nobunaga's death, he served Oda Nobukatsu and received a small stipend around the Atsuta area.