Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Okehazama Satire

There is a video on the Battle of Okehazama:  Now I have to warn you, the video is pure satire.  This is not a serious documentary like Sono toki Rekishi ga Ugoita.  This video is for laughs.  Miyamoto Musashi mentioned?  Awful (laughs)!  Imigawa instead of Imagawa.  Edo Era stick figures.  This video was so full of mistakes, yet I enjoyed the satire.  Yes, this is not a video I would use in serious research.  That being said, if you want a few laughs and enjoy the battle's satire, this video does the job.  And yes, I could not stop laughing.  Sometimes you need some satire to keep you honest and enjoy life.

Tenka no tame!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Useful Okehazama Map

Yesterday, I received a Battle of Okehazama map from the Kajino family and from the Okehazama Battlefield Preservation Society.  As you can see, the map is in Japanese.  That being said, the map has provided Nobunaga and Yoshimoto's route to the battlefield.  This map is useful in my opinion.  The legend on the top right hand corner provides everything you need to understand the battle.  Again, many thanks to the Kajino family and the Okehazama Preservation Society.

Nobunaga no tame!

Monday, October 19, 2015

October Okehazama Article

Last night I found an article on the Battle of Okehazama.  It is general, but mentions historian Fujimoto Masayuki and Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki.  The article mentions Fujimoto's theory that Nobunaga did not use a surprise attack because it was not written in the Shincho-Ko ki.  The Shincho-Ko ki is not perfect and does have some errors.  My opinion on Nobunaga's tactic at the Battle of Okehazama, frontal surprise attack.

Tenka no tame!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

2015 Kiyosu Nobunaga Festival

Here is link from the 2015 Kiyosu Nobunaga Festival.  Near the end of the video, Nobunaga performs "Atsumori."

Nobunaga no tame!

Friday, October 16, 2015

New Nohime Novel

There is a new Nohime novel out in Japan by Morota Reiko "Kicho".  The author is known for historical fiction.  She also wrote a novel on Ieyasu's wife Lady Tsukiyama "Tsuki wo Haku" back in 2003.  I would love to get my hands on her new novel on Nohime.  Unfortunately, I will probably have to wait until March when I am back in the motherland.

The author's link:

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Gifu Nobunaga Forum

The 8th annual Nobunaga Forum will be held in Gifu at the Juroku Plaza Hall on November 22nd.  Time of the forum will be from 1-4:30 and admission is free.  Historian Kaneko Hiraku will be discussing Nobunaga and the Court.  I do own a copy of one of his books, Oda Nobunaga toiu Rekishi [Shinchoki] no Kanata he, 2009.

There will be also a discussion on Lord Nobunaga's Education and Culture.  If anyone is in Gifu and is a fan of Nobunaga, I highly suggest you attend this wonderful event.

Nobunaga no tame!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ichijodani News

The Ichijodani Castle ruins is promoting a Sengoku Time Slip.  People dressed in Sengoku clothing selling vegetables at the open air museum.  Ichijodani was the home of the Asakura family.  Nobunaga burned the place to hell in 1573.  That being said, the Ichijodani ruins is one of best Sengoku open air museums in Japan.  You can learn a lot how people lived during the Sengoku Era.

Tenka no tame!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

2015 Gifu Nobunaga Festival I

Photo of Nobunaga, Saito Dosan and Nohime.

From what I heard through the grapevine, the Gifu Nobunaga Festival was a success.  That is great news.  I wish I was there.  The Nagoya Festival with Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu will be next.

Nobunaga no tame!

Thursday, October 1, 2015


I as continue to study the Battle of Okehazama, there is many questions that comes up.  Here is another one.  Jiganji.  It was said that Nobunaga visited and prayed at Jiganji during the Battle of Okehazama.  Really?  I will be honest, this is the least known temple or shrine that Nobunaga prayed at during the battle.  In fact, the place is far away from the battlefield route and the battlefield itself.  I am skeptical on this one for sure.

My good friend Mikawa Hide has a link on this subject.

Tenka no tame!