Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Honnoji Restaurant

This is just in, the Honnoji located in Kyoto where Nobunaga died will have a restaurant dedicated to him.  Shincho Saryou will have a menu consisted of Nobunaga's Last Supper and Nobunaga Curry.  I did have Nobunaga's so-called Last Supper, the Nobunaga Zen a few years ago in Nagoya and it was delicious. If it is the same menu, I am in for sure.  Looking forward to this place when I return to Japan later this year.


Tenka no tame!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Okehazama Video

Today is the day that Japanese history changed forever when Oda Nobunaga defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto at the Battle of Okehazama in 1560.  I have a nice video to share with you about the battle by local Okehazama historian Wataru Kajino (Mr. Okehazama). The video is in Japanese and it discusses such topics such as the history of the area, the battle, and the differences between the Shincho-Ko ki and Shinchoki as well.  Even though the video is in Japanese, it is fairly easy to understand as Mr. Okehazama speaks at a slow and easy pace.  This is a gold mine for the Battle of Okehazama scholar like myself and I highly recommend it.


Owari ni hikari wo

Nobunaga no tame!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nobunaga Festival

I found this out on Facebook about a few days ago and this festival needs to be to known to all who love Nobunaga.  On May 26th, Kiyosu Castle is hosting a Nobunaga Festival. The Kiyosu Castle troupe will be there along with Saito Dosan and others.  This should be a nice festival to go and learn some new things on the Uesama.  Sure, it might be a bit tacky, but it promotes tourism, history, the preservation of history due to the love of the people who participate.  I would love to go and have some fun.  By the way, I do know some of the people who will participating in the festival and they really do a good job.

Tenka no tame!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fuunji Nobunaga and Okehazama I

As the Battle of Okehazama nears its day in history, I have decided to give you a little taste of the battle.  There is a link that I found with some nice Okehazama battle action from the movie Fuunji Oda  Nobunaga.


The clip show Hachisuka Koroku informing Nobunaga that Imagawa Yoshimoto is resting at Okehazama.  Nobunaga then makes the decision to attack Yoshimoto, the rain comes, and the surprise attack begins.  At the end of the clip, a messenger informs Nohime that the Uesama is coming home in victory.

Owari ni hikari wo

Nobunaga no tame!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Fuunji Nobunaga and Okehazama

It is that time of year again where the month of May we celebrate the Battle of Okehazama.  Nakamura Kinnosuke plays the role of Oda Nobunaga while Kyoko Kagawa play the character of Nohime.  Regarding the Battle of Okehazama, please read David D. Nielson's thesis first, Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan before watching the movie.

Here are some facts:

  • The dance party was held at Ikoma Mansion.  Movie: Kiyosu Castle.
  • Kitsuno was at the dance party since she was the mother of Nobunaga's kids.  Also it was held at Ikoma Mansion, her residence.  Movie:  Nohime and it was highly likely she was there.
  • Hachisuka Koroku and Maeno Shoemon was invited to the dance party.  However, they meet Nobunaga alone which made them uncomfortable.  They usually have Hideyoshi with them, but he was not at the dance party.  Movie:  Hideyoshi was present at the dance party and Maeno Shoemon was not present.
  • Hachisuka Koroku was a bearded man.  Movie: no beard at all.
One must remember that Fuunji Oda Nobunaga is a movie and is not going to be fully historically accurate.  That being said, the movie does a good job on the prelude to the Battle of Okehazama.

Owari ni hikari wo.

Tenka no tame!