Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nobunaga, the sportsman

If you really do your research on the Uesama, you will find out that he was quite an active person.  Besides the war front, he was active in various activities that would call him a modern sportsman.  For example, he loved to swim, shoot the matchlock rifle, archery and ride horses.  He also loved to set up horses races as well. He fished and hunted in the countryside and was superb at falconry, one of favorite hobbies.  He enjoyed sumo and the tea ceremony.

The Uesama was truly unique in his activities and he was definitely a sportsman during his time.

Nobunaga no tame!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Nobutada's pied-a-terre

Jeroen Lamers's Japonius Tyrannus has an interesting take on Nobunaga's son, Nobutada's secondary residence at Azuchi. 

Lamers (p. 142)  "There is evidence that Nobutada, Nobukatsu, and Nobutaka had their respective pieds-a-terre in Azuchi.  As regards Nobutada and Nobukatsu, they received instructions on 14 June 1580 from their father 'to construct residences for themselves' at Azuchi."

This is a picture of Oda Nobutada's Azuchi mansion at Azuchi Castle.  Could this be Nobutada's pied-a-terre?  His main headquarters at the time was Gifu Castle. I have not being fully engaged on Azuchi Castle over the years due to other projects.  That being said, this is an interesting subject.

Tenka no tame!