Sunday, June 1, 2014
In early 1553, Nobunaga had a meeting with his father-in-law Saito Dosan of Mino at Shotokuji in Tonda near the Owari border. It was the first time the two met in person and it would be a memorable one. Dosan realized that Nobunaga was no fool and knew someday his son-in-law would be the man who could conquer Japan.
Shotokuji Temple's origins originated in the Haguri district of Owari. However, in the Eisho Era (1504-21) the temple moved to Owari's Nakajima district in Tonda. Shotokuji often moved either due to floods or flames of war. The area where the Shotokuji meeting took place is debatable. I have seen Tonda, Tomida, and Toda as the area where the meeting took place. Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki has it Tomida, while Oze Hoan Shinchoki has it written as Tonda. A lot of my Nobunaga books has either one of the two.
For more additional information on the famous 1553 meeting, please see this link: http://otsuke.blogspot.com/2007/12/meeting-part-1.html
Tenka no tame!