Monday, December 1, 2014
Shobata Castle is in the news again. This time however, there is strong evidence that Nobunaga was born at Shobata Castle. According to the Owari Shussei Zamurai Oboe Gaki (Information Regarding the Samurai of Owari), Nobunaga was born at Shobata Castle. The document was recently discovered a few years ago and so far historians have seen it as a credible source. That being said, I still think Nobunaga was born at Nagoya Castle.
To be fair, if Nobunaga was born at Shobata Castle, he did not stay there very long. One must remember that Shobata was near the Mino border. The most likely scenario: Nobunaga was born at Shobata and was quickly taken to Nagoya for safety reasons. Oda Nobuhide's retainers who heard the news of Nobunaga's birth was at or near Nagoya Castle and probably thought the baby was born at Nagoya.
Nobunaga no tame!