Sunday, May 1, 2016
Earlier this year I was able to visit the ruins of Teramoto Castle with Mr. Okehazama and the Kajino family. Teramoto Castle played a huge role in the Battle of Muraki (1554). In fact, without their defection to the Imagawa, the battle might not have taken place.
Teramoto Castle was built by Hanai Harima no Kami between 1441-43 near the Chita Peninsula. The castle was near the ocean at the time and had a clear view of the area. In tactical terms, it was the perfect place to build the castle.
Just before the Battle of Muraki, the Hanai family present hostages to Suruga forces and declared themselves allies of the Imagawa. For Nobunaga, this meant access to Ogawa was cut off. As for the Arao family (ally of Nobunaga), which governed Kida Castle, they now had another enemy at their doorstep only 1.7 miles away.
Nobunaga along with help of the Mizuno family defeated the Imagawa forces at the Battle of Muraki with the use of firearms. The next day, Nobunaga attacked Teramoto Castle and put it to the torch. The Battle of Muraki 1554 was six years before the Battle of Okehazama.
Tenka no tame!