Sunday, July 21, 2013
Local Okehazama historian Mr. Okehazama (Wataru Kajino) was in the local paper recently discussing his long career researching the Battle of Okehazama. The article mentions the opening of the redeveloped Arimatsu Okehazama Battlefield Park and the history around the area.
I have been very blessed to meet and discuss the Battle of Okehazama with Mr. Okehazama. He has gave me a few of his published works and Mr. Okehazama is opened minded. For someone who is 93 years old, his mind is still very sharp and is continuing his research on the battle. He along the rest of the Kajino family, has been a great help to me for understanding the Battle of Okehazama better.
Photo was taken at the Okehazama Research Center two years ago.
Tenka no tame!
The Nobunaga Kyokan has updated their post and includes a map where the recent archaeological work has been done around the Gifu Castle Park area.
It is nice that slowly we are able to understand what Gifu was like during the time of Nobunaga. I highly suggest that one should visit Gifu Castle and the Gifu City Museum of History for a better understanding of Gifu and Nobunaga.
Nobunaga no tame!
Saturday, July 20, 2013
The Battle of Anegawa also is in this current issue along with a special article on Date Masamune. The Battle of Kawanakajima is discussed as well. Also the issue includes color graphic displays of battle formations, when armies set out for battle, and the head viewing ceremony. Overall, I endorse this issue as must for anyone who is interested in Sengoku warfare.
Owari ni hikari wo
Tenka no tame!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The program goes into great detail of the Imagawa organization structure which was key to their power. Also discusses Imagawa Yoshimoto's and Oda Nobunaga's character. The two were completely different animals. While land surveys, house laws, and cultural exchanges (Kyoto) were essential to the Imagawa, Nobunaga relied on new weapons (guns), fighting spirit, and promotion on ability, not on family linage.
At the end of the documentary, the great Samonji sword is shown at Kenkun Shrine in Kyoto as well as a funeral ceremony at Senninzuka where the Okehazama dead are buried near the Toyoake City Okehazama Battlefield. The documentary is a great study aid for the Battle of Okehazama scholar and highly recommend it. It also includes a thirty minute discussion between Sadatomo and Tetsuo on various topics related to the battle.
Tenka no tame! Nobunaga no tame! Owari ni hikari wo!
Monday, July 1, 2013
Later this month, Kyoto will host one of Japan's most popular festivals, the Gion Matsuri. I have been lucky to be able to see the floats in action in the past. That being said, even the Uesama got into the action back in 1578. From The Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga p. 286.
"Tiger, Sixth Month, 14th day: Nobunaga watched the Gion Festival. He had told his horse guards and pages that there was no need for bows, spears, halberds, or other hand weapons, so they carried none. After viewing the festival, he gave leave to his life guards and went hawking straight away with about ten pages. There was a soft drizzle."
Nobunaga told his entourage that no weapons were needed and just enjoy the festival.
Nobunaga no tame!