Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Places of Learning
During Nobunaga's crazy youth, he actually received some formal education. Ryounji Temple built by his uncle Oda Nobumitsu was the place where Nobunaga learned calligraphy. It was located near the Shonai River. Inabaji Castle, a citadel of Oda Nobumitsu, was close by as well. In fact, the Inabaji landmark is only few minutes from Ryounji. At the grounds of Ryounji, Oda Nobumitsu's grave can be found. The temple is peaceful and it has a beautiful small pond as well.
Nagono Shrine located near Nagoya Castle has a long history in the area. The shrine was established in 911 and it was dedicated to the Shinto god Susanoo. During the early part of the 16th century the shrine was a casualty of war as it was put to the torch. Nobunaga's father, Nobuhide rebuilt the shrine in 1540. When Nobunaga studied at the shrine as a young lad, it was known as Tennosha. Hirate Masahide and/or Hirata Sanmi taught the future Demon King at Tennosha.
There is a high possibility that Nobunaga met young Takechiyo (Tokugawa Ieyasu) for the first time at Tennosha. I tend to agree on that theory. The shrine moved to its present site in 1876. Both Ryounji Temple and Nagono Shrine can be easily visited in one day while in Nagoya.
Nobunaga no tame!