Monday, September 1, 2014
The Other Nijo
Nobunaga constructed the Old Nijo Mansion or Nijo Lower Palace in 1576. I was able to take a picture of the landmark while in Kyoto last December. The mansion was built on a vacant residential lot that belong to Lord Nijo. Nobunaga ordered Murai Sadakatsu to be in charge of the construction project. Landmark is located near Karusama/Oike in Kyoto.
Ota Gyuichi (Elisonas/Lamers) Shincho-Ko ki, p. 249.
"Fortunately, a residential lot belonging to Lord Nijo was vacant. Contemplating a spacious garden design with a fresh water spring and scenic views, Nobunaga gave Murai Nagato no Kami a list of directions regarding this construction project."
In 1579, Nobunaga gave the mansion to the Crown Prince. This is a different Nijo Castle/Palace that Nobunaga built for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshiaki. The one that was built for Yoshiaki was in 1569 and fell into disuse after the shogun was disposed in 1573. Some of the building material was reused for the construction of Azuchi Castle.
Nobunaga no tame!