Sunday, November 29, 2015

Okehazama Walk I

November 29th Okehazama Walk was a huge success!  From all the news I received from Japan, this was a must see.  Starting from Kiyosu Castle to the Okehazama area.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

450 Project

2017 will be the 450th anniversary of the birth of Gifu.  Nobunaga changed the name from Inoguchi to Gifu in 1567.  The picture above is the logo for the 450 Project.

Link in Japanese:

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Gifu Nobunaga Forum I

The 2015 Gifu Nobunaga Forum was held over the weekend at the Gifu Juroku Plaza.  Around 600 people attended the event.  More on the story:

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Okehazama Walk

On November 29th, there will be three Okehazama walking courses.  The three spots are Kiyosu Castle, Atsuta Shrine, and Odaka Ryokuchi.  I would love to participate.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Shotokuji Information

Earlier this year I visited the Shotokuji landmark where Nobunaga and Saito Dosan met in April of 1553.  The temple was located near the Mino/Owari border.  From Inabayama Castle, the temple was approximately 10 miles south.  From Nagoya Castle, it was approximately 15 miles north.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

New Okehazama Novel Published

My new novel on the Battle of Okehazama is published and available.  This is a fictional take on the Battle of Okehazama.  You can order the book at Createspace and Amazon.

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2015 Rekishijin

The December issue of Rekishijin magazine will discuss Nobunaga's battles.  Battles include Okehazama, the conquest of Mino, Anegawa, Nagashino, and the 10 year holy war against the Ishiyama Honganji.  A must have issue in my opinion.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Nobunaga's Diplomacy

Nobunaga historian Taniguchi Katsuhiro's Oda Nobunaga no Gaikou is now published and available. I have several of Katsuhiro's books in my personal library.  Nobunaga's Diplomacy should be another must have in my opinion.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dosan Moat

While in Gifu earlier this year, I found a beautiful discovery with the help of locals.  The moat that Saito Dosan built for Inabayama/Gifu Castle is still around and useful for the people of Gifu.  Look at the top picture and the pen shows you were the moat was at during Dosan and Nobunaga's time.  The bottom picture shows you the what moat is used for at the present time.

The location is across the street from Gifu Castle Park.  I had a long chat with one of the local volunteer guides for about an hour on this subject.  Blown away, I was.  The moat that Saito Dosan built and was used during the time of Nobunaga is still around and useful.  The volunteer guide also told me about the current archaeological work being done at the castle park.  He was stunned on how much I knew about the history of Dosan and Nobunaga.  It made his day.

My advice, seek the local volunteers and ask for the castle's secrets.

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