Friday, January 29, 2010

Takeisao Shrine (Kenkun Jinja)

The Samonji sword, along with Nobunaga's armor, and a copy of Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki are now locked up at Takeisao Shrine (Kenkun Jinja) in Kyoto.

In Thomas Conlan's great book Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 A.D. (p. 116), has the engraved sword translated.

"The sword of Imagawa Yoshimoto, who was careless and killed by Nobunaga on 19.5.1560."

Last year I posted about the location on the whereabouts of the tombs of Imagawa Yoshimoto's. They are all worth a visit in my opinion. My personal favorite is the tomb at Daisyoji Temple, in Ushikubo Town.

Tenka no tame!


Tornadoes28 said...

I would love to visit the tomb of one of the major figures from Japanese history, especially one of the greats from the sengoku (beside Ieyasu's tomb in Nikko which I have visited many times).

otsuke said...

Of course I have been to Nobunaga's tomb as well as Imagawa Yoshimoto. Saito Dosan in Gifu. The Yoshimoto tomb in Ushikubo Town, you can kill two birds with one stone. Yamamoto Kansuke's tomb is close by as well.

One of most special ones is Murasaki Shikibu's in Kyoto. Hard to find, but well worth it. Very quiet and peaceful.