Saturday, September 14, 2013
The Signore Part VII
I have not written anything on Kunio Tsuji's The Signore in a long time. Today this paragraph describes very accurately that Nobunaga hardly drank any sake unless it was for ceremonial purposes. Instead, it was his vassals that got drunk. As always, we are are reminded that he was a self-made man from Owari.
The Signore, p. 35
"He permitted his generals to drink their sake, and looked the other way when, according to the custom of the land, they forced cups upon one another until they were all dead drunk. But the Signore himself had never been a heavy drinker. He seemed wholly free of vanity and dressed in the simplest manner. In fact, he seemed to care little for what others thought of him or his opinions. He was, in short, supremely self-confident in all matters."
Tenka no tame!