Sunday, April 26, 2009

Honnoji Maps

If you are in Kyoto and want to find where Nobunaga actually took his own life, here is a map of the Honnoji. The map includes the original Honnoji location and the present day location. I received the maps at the Honnoji museum.

Also a word of caution. According to a friend of mine, Gaijinpot is not the place to write historical articles for. Gaijinpot agreed to pay someone to write historical articles for them. The writer was supposed to be paid, but Gaijinpot never lived up to their bargin. The writer who wrote the historical articles for them was never paid. That is morally and ethically wrong. So if Gaijinpot tells you that they will pay you to write for them, think twice.

The maps are useful and it helped me find the actual spot where the "real" Honnoji Rebellion took place.

Tenka no tame!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sengoku Boom in Aichi Prefecture

I found this article last night on the Sengoku boom in Aichi Prefecture. Of course, Nobunaga is the favorite among the people.

Update: The publisher is having problems with the 2nd edition and does not know why. However, the problem will be fixed. It could be available by late May.

Nobunaga no tame!

Friday, April 17, 2009

New links

Last night I posted two links on the links page.
One of them is a link to Nobunaga's vassals in English. This is a great find since it has some information on them.

The other one is only in Japanese. however, the link contains Nobunaga's documents. a real treasure chest.

Here they are again:

Again, the two are posted on the left side of the blog on the link list.

Update: The 2nd edition is at work at the publisher. My best bet it will be ready in early May.

Tenka no tame!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Eight Villages of Atsuta

This document is one of the most important since it has Nobunaga's signature, Fujiwara Nobunaga. This is the first time Nobunaga used the name Fujiwara.
The public off-limits to the Eight Villages of Atsuta bulletin was issued in the Eleventh Month 1549. The photo was taken before the document was destroyed in WWII. However, there is a link where you can read the document in full.

I am slowly translating it, but those who have read previous documents before. You know the outcome if one fails to comply with the law. Punishment.

Tenka no tame!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Honnoji/Nijo Photos

Here is some photos of the Honnoji Temple Landmark. This is the area where Nobunaga died. Also the Nijo Palace Landmark where Nobutada died.

Nijo Palace Landmark where Nobutada died.

Honnoji Temple Landmark where Nobunaga died along with Mori Ranmaru.
Both landmarks are located in Kyoto.

Nobunaga no tame!

Azuchi Wind mishap on Nagashino

I do like the Azuchi Wind site and eventually added it to the link list. What caught me attention was the Battle of Nagashino. Most of the information is old and does not include the new theory on the battle.

For example, the Oda army is still at 30,000 plus and 3,000 gunners used during the battle. New evidence has proven the old theory is wrong. The actual number of gunners used during the battle was around 1,500 or less. Anyways, the Oda army was around 10,000, Tokugawa-8,000, and the Takeda 6,000.

Here is a link I posted earlier.

Owada Tetsuo's, Sengoku 10 Daikassen no Nazo, pp. 110-130. Is a good read and contains rich information as well as the Varley article.

The Varley article has been mentioned many times on this site. He mentions that the rotating fire volley was never stated in Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki.

This could all change only if the old theory is proven to be correct. However, I do not believe that will happen in the near future. As for the Azuchi Wind site, great pictures, information, and lots of hard work went into it. I like it.

This Easter season brings new hope. The gates of hell will not prevail against my Church.

Update: The Azuchi Wind site has many photos of the reconstructed Honnoji Temple near Teramachi in Kyoto. However, there is no mention nor photograph of the original Honnoji where Nobunaga died. From what I know, there is still doing some excavations and research on the original site.

Tenka no tame!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Excerpt soon

I plan to write another excerpt from the 2nd edition when it is ready. The 2nd edition will be ready around late April or early may. I mentioned before, there are many changes. Thanks for your criticism, good and bad. It helped me become a better writer. I am a pro Nobunaga? You bet! It is my jihad to make Nobunaga the baddest of all the Sengoku warlords. You can say I am a Nobunaga dendoshi. A Nobunaga evangelist. At the same time, I do have to fair.

Here is a link that I just posted today link list. This Nobunaga is not that bad at all. Here it is;

Nobunaga no tame!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Danjo no Chu or Danjo no Jo?

I have broken down the Oda family. There are two Oda families. The Ise and Yamato.

Oda Ise no Kami (Iwakura Branch)

Oda Yamato no Kami (Kiyosu Branch)

Nobunaga's family belonged to the Yamato no Kami. However, there are three magistrates of the Yamato no Kami.

Oda Yamato no Kami (Kiyosu)--Oda Inaba no Kami, Oda Tozaemon, and Oda Danjo no Jo.

Nobunaga's line is the Oda Danjo no Jo or (Oda Danjo no Chu).


I have seen both Oda Danjo no Jo and Oda Danjo no Chu. To tell you the truth, both are acceptable in my opinion. Many Japanese sources have one or the other. If someone asked me which is the correct term, I would say both Oda Danjo no Chu and Oda Danjo no Jo. It is confusing and I had a hard time to decide which term to use.

Tenka no tame!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Okehazama 2nd edition sent to the publisher

I am happy to tell you that I just sent the 2nd edition to the publisher. This time, the content is very much improved. More professional looking. Only if I known that there would be so many errors, I would have waited.

If I have learned anything from this experience there are two things.

1) You have to have thick skin
2) You need patience.

Okehazama 2nd edition's endnotes have expanded, the bibliography, and of course, the book's content. After visiting both Okehazama landmarks, I have made my conclusion that Nobunaga used the surprise attack. I disagree with Fujimoto Masayuki's theory. I am not saying he is wrong. I just strongly disagree with him. My own military experience tells me that Nobunaga had no choice but to attack Yoshimoto by surprise. Anyways, I would like to thank Mr. Fujimoto for bringing up something new.

Now I must wait to see how the 2nd edition looks like. I ate a lot of humble pie and now I know I can take anybody on with no fear. Thanks to the SA, Jetlag Press, and to the man upstairs (God).

Nobunaga no tame!