Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The birth of Okehazama
It is that time of year again and this month I will continue to discuss the Battle of Okehazama. Okehazama's roots came from the warrior class. During the period of 1340-41 the losers of the Nanbokucho Wars fled and hid near the Chofukuji Temple area. There were around twenty or so people that fled and they served under Nitta Yoshisada. The families included Nakayama, Aoyama, and the Kajino. This was the birth of Okehazama. During the time of the Battle of Okehazama, the population was less than a hundred people. It makes sense since the picture above was taken in the Taisho/Early Showa Era shows that the battlefield was nothing but farmland.
Even its name has changed throughout the centuries. Before the Edo Era, the area was known as Horazama, Kukihazama, and Hokehazama. By the Edo Era, the name was more stabled to Okehazama with various kanji spelling. The modern kanji spelling of Okehazama first appeared in 1878. Okehazama was founded and built by warriors and it was the perfect place for Nobunaga's finest hour in 1560 when he defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto.
Nobunaga no tame!