Saturday, June 28, 2014
This is a nishiki-e or multi-colored woodblock print of Imagawa Yoshimoto by the artist Adachi Ginko. The Kabuki actor's facial expression is known as mi-e. I do have some interesting information on the Battle of Okehazama. According to historian Ebata Hidesato, a year before the Battle of Okehazama (1559), Suruga suffered a famine. http://kagiya.rakurakuhp.net/i_676771.htm
If this was true that Suruga did suffer a famine in 1559, the most likely scenario would have been the Imagawa would have purchased rice from Mino that was shipped from Ise to Okazaki or Sunpu. I am skeptical on this theory and more research is needed to convince on this. Then again, the Imagawa were planning to expand their control towards the west for years. Yoshimoto and his advisers would have planned for something like this.
Tenka no tame!