Sunday, May 25, 2014

Samonji Sword

After the fighting at the Battle of Okehazama, Nobunaga acquired Imagawa Yoshimoto's famous sword Samonji as the spoils of war.  Yoshimoto received the famed sword from Takeda Nobutora.  The sword was about two feet six inches long.  On the front side of the sword it was engraved "The sword of Imagawa Yoshimoto, who was careless and killed by Nobunaga on 19. 5. 1560."  The reverse side was engraved: "Oda Owari no Kami Nobunaga."  Nobunaga was known to have this sword around at all times and tested it quite frequently.

The present home of the Samonji sword is located at Kenkun Jinja (Takeisao Shrine) in Kyoto.  Kenkun Jinja also houses, Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki and armor that Nobunaga wore at the Battle of Okehazama.  The great Samonji sword symbolizes Nobunaga's miracle victory at the Battle of Okehazama.

Nobunaga no tame!

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