Thursday, February 11, 2016
Nobunaga's concubine Kitsuno (1528?-66) is in the news. There is an article about her, the Ikoma Family, and Nobunaga. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201508180003
Kitsuno was the daughter of Ikoma Iemune. She was a kind and sweet lady who gave Nobunaga the support when he needed it. Kitsuno gave birth to three children (Nobutada, Nobukatsu, and Tokuhime). It is important to know once Kitsuno had a relationship with Nobunaga, his ties to the Ikoma family strengthen. The Ikoma family were in the oil and ash business. Also the Men of the Fields had ties with the Ikoma Family. Nobunaga used the Men of the Fields as his middle man during the Battle of Okehazama.
For more information on Kitsuno, Ikoma Family, and the Men of the Fields see David D. Neilson's thesis Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan.
Nobunaga no tame!