Monday, February 14, 2011

Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Fishing

David D. Neilson's Society at War provided a passage from the Bukoyawa on a day of fishing in Owari.

Neilson (p. 94).

"The next morning he summoned his official in charge of the river (kawa yakunin) Murase Heiko, and they went out to catch fish in the Furukawa River. They dammed up the river and removed water until the water level was very low. Ichihashi Denzaemon and Sawaki Tohachi held the bridles of the horses and Kitokichi (=Toyotomi Hideyoshi), wedging his kimono between his buttocks and paying no attention to the cold, waded into the river with pail in hand. He got mud splashed all over him and looked completely miserable. Lord Nobunaga was sitting in the river and was very good at catching carp [tossing them into the bucket held by Hideyoshi]. The carp caught in the Furukawa River was exceptionally tasty and Lord Nobunaga was greatly delighted."

Tenka no tame!

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