Sunday, May 18, 2014
2014 Nagashino Festival
Earlier this month, the 2014 Nagashino Festival was held in Aichi Prefecture. In 2001, I was lucky to attend the festival. My past experience was nothing but pure joy as the matchlock rifles were fired. As one can say, "I love the smell of saltpetre in the morning!"
Last year I was able to visit Shitaragahara battlefield for a few hours. That being said, you actually need a couple of days to really understand the battlefield and the tactics of Nobunaga and Ieyasu. The Shitaragahara Museum is a must visit, no exceptions and no excuses. I was finally able to visit the museum last year and the teppo (matchlock rifle) displays are incredible.
Geography often plays a vital role in warfare and the Battle of Nagashino is no different. One of the most important things Nobunaga and Ieyasu did was to move their armies as close as possible to the Takeda camp so their calvary and light infantry did not have much room to move. In short, shorten the battlefield to your advantage.
Nobunaga no tame!