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.
- 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.
Tenka no tame!