Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Maeda Toshiie's role at Okehazama

Believe or not Maeda Toshiie participated and did well at the Battle of Okehazama (taking in a couple heads as war trophies). His name was mentioned in both the Shincho-Ko ki and the Shinchoki (biographies of Nobunaga). However, in 1559, Toshiie ended up killing Juuami who stole a hairpin that he coveted. Nobunaga dismissed Toshiie for his actions. Toshiie never left Nobunaga and continued to fight by his side.

Toshiie finally ended up being pardoned by Nobunaga and was allowed back into the Oda house after his glorious actions at the Battle of Moribe in 1561. Photo of Battle of Moribe.
My main question is why Nobunaga did not pardon Toshiie after Okehazama? Toshiie did well and must have caught Nobunaga's attention. To tell you the truth, I disagree with Nobunaga's decision not to bring back Toshiie after Okehazama. He should have reinstated Toshiie after displaying his loyalty at Okehazama. To tell you the truth, I do not know the reason why he waited until after the Battle of Moribe. There will be more discussions on Toshiie in the future. If anyone has any answers why or has an opinion, I would like to hear them.

There is a great book on Maeda Toshiie by Kaku Kozo published in 2002. I highly recommend this book on anyone who is interested in Maeda Toshiie's career.

Tenka no tame!


Tornadoes28 said...

I did not realize that Toshiie fought at Okehazama.

otsuke said...

Oh yeah, he did. There is a painting of Toshiie on a horse with a spear. The spear has a decapitated head on it. The beauty of war!

I am planning to have the entire Okehazama chapter in Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki translated and posted before the month is over.

Tornadoes28 said...

I look forward to that chapter. Thank you for doing that.

otsuke said...

I can tell you the main points of the chapter no problem. What I am trying to do right now is to translate word by word and it is a pain in the ass. However, I enjoy it. I should have the translation done by Friday. Then rewrite the chapter into English that everybody can understand.