Saturday, July 14, 2012

Okehazama no Michi Review

I will finally write my review on Mizuno Seishiro's take on the Battle of Okehazama.

Okehazama he no Michi was published earlier this year and I have to say, it is a must read.  However it does have some flaws.

Here are the flaws that I have found.

  • Not much coverage on  the Imagawa family pre-Okehazama.  A major disappointment.
  • Routes leading to Okehazama: Sunpu to Chiryu is left out..
  • No pictures of Matsui Munebobu's tomb or the crane landmark at the Toyoake City Okehazama battlefield.
  • No photos of Kunotsubo, the place where Yanada Masatsuna came from.
  • No mention of the Oze Hoan Shinchoki in the bibliography.  Both versions are needed to fully understand the battle.
The positives which were many:

  • Great book for those who want to understand Nobunaga pre-Okehazama.
  • Top sources include Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki and the Mikawa Montogatari.
  • Owada Tetsuo, Tanguchi Katsuhiro, Fujimoto Masayuki, and Wataru Kajino's works were used in great extent.  Which means that Mr. Mizuno used the recently published works as his bibliography.
  • The Mizuno family is covered in this magazine (Mizuno Nobumoto, Ieyasu's uncle).
  • Lots of great colorful pictures and maps.  Simply superb.
  • Lots of one day travel courses included.  A huge plus.
Overall, really enjoyed the magazine and it is highly useful.  In my humble opinion, this is a must have for the Battle of Okehazama scholar.
Tenka no tame!

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