Today I will give a short history how Nobunaga created Gifu. Before Nobunaga's Era in Gifu, the area was known as Inoguchi. Once the Saito was overthrown in Mino in 1567, Nobunaga decided to rename the city. Along with his Zen monk friend Takugen Shuon there were three names to decide from.
- Kyokufu (in Japanese)/Qufu (in Chinese) was the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga took the character "fu" to create the word Gifu. Gifu's origins were from China. Nobunaga and Takugen decided to rename Inoguchi to Gifu since they knew this was the perfect opportunity to unify Japan under the slogan Tenka Fubu (Rule the Empire by Military Force!).
Tenka no tame!