Monday, July 1, 2013

Nobunaga and Gion Matsuri

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!

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