Sunday, August 10, 2014
Eguchi Yosuke has played the role of Nobunaga in the 2014 Taiga drama Kuroda Kanbei. After watching him perform, he has been top notch. He has been the best actor since Takashi Sorimachi to play Nobunaga. It has been a blessing. This year's Taiga drama in the early stages goes through some of the situations regarding the Mouri and the Ishiyama Honganji in Ozaka. There is one other person who appeared quite often in this year's drama, Araki Murashige. Nobunaga's former vassal who betrayed him and he paid the price. Not with his life, but his wife Dashi's.
Araki Murashige is a classic example of a samurai misbehaving badly, very badly. Murashige flees Arioka Castle for Amagasaki taking with him a concubine by the name of Akoko, his tea utensils, and a hand drum. His wife Dashi on the other hand, is put to death near the banks of the Rokujo in Kyoto along with other Araki family members.
David D. Neilson's paper Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan goes into great detail of the Araki crisis. The Shincho-Ko ki and Jeroen Lamers, Japonius Tyrannus is highly recommended for further reading on the Araki. Also the samurai archives has a podcast on this as well.
Nobunaga no tame!