Friday, January 22, 2010

Okehazama Battlefields

It is raining hard here in San Diego and I am stuck in the house. To kill time and still being productive, I am blogging.

There are two Okehazama battlefields, one in Toyoake City and the other located in Arimatsu. I will focus on the Toyoake City battlefield during the weekend and then the Arimatsu location next week.

The Toyoake City Okehazama battlefield was designated as a national historic site by the Ministry of Education on December 21, 1937.
In April of 1938, Toyoake Village was designated as an administrator of the national historic site called "the Okehazama battlefield" by the Ministry of Education. This monument was erected in October 1941 to commemorate the designation of the village as a historic site.



Okehazama Chokohi

This monument was erected in 1809 by a Shinto priest of the Tsushima Shrine. Toyonaga Himuro who lamented that the ancient battlefield fell into ruin. On the back of the monument, the history of the battlefield is inscribed. The monument was built by Magoemon Kawachiya, whose name had been succeeded for generations. The inscription on the monument was composed by Hatakanae, an official Confucian teacher of the Owari region and written by Akira Nakanishi of the Tenmangu Shrine in Osaka.



Imagawa Yoshimoto's Tombstone

This tombstone was erected by Yamaguchi Masayoshi of Arimatsu in 1876. According to the Hinki (Inscription engraved on the back of the monument), after the erection of the Chokohi, visitors burned incense and offered flowers after mistaking the Chokohi for Imagawa Yoshimoto's tombstone. To avoid this confusion, surrounding areas were cleared to place Yoshimoto's tombstone.




Buddhist Stone of Imagawa Yoshimoto

This tombstone was erected in 1860. It consists of a rectangular stone pillar with woven shaped stone and a stone lotus flower pedestal.




One of the seven stone monuments dedicated to Imagawa vassals who died at the Battle of Okehazama

Monument built by Hitomi Yaemon Atsushi and erected in December 18th, 1771.


Nobunaga no tame!

2 comments:

Tornadoes28 said...

You and me were in the same boat so to speak. It was raining hard up here in LA also so I was doing some posting on SA and blogging also.

I like how they place monuments at the various historical locations.

otsuke said...

It sucked big time. The only good thing about it was a friend of mine came back from a one year deployment fighting the Taliban. We both joined the Navt together and boot camp as well.

I do not drink beer often anymore, sake or JD for me. The beer went down good yesterday.

Thanks always. The biggest problem I have with the two battlefields is, which is the correct one? Both are legit in my opinion, but the Toyoake location is slowly dying out in my opinion.

The Arimatsu battlefield will be something special this year. All due to Mr. Kajino and his staff. A great guy in my opinion.