Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pictures of Azuchi, Kenkun Jinja, and More

Yesterday I came across an excellent link related to Azuchi and Nobunaga related temples and shrines in Kyoto.  The link has fantastic photos of Azuchi Castle, the muesum, and the Nobunaga Azuchi Festival.  Other photos include Kenkun Jinja, Amidaji and Honnoji in Kyoto.

My favorite is Azuchi's Seminariyo schedule photo.  The photo describes the seminary's schedule, food, and clothing.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Gifu FC Oda Crest Jersey

Believe or not, Gifu FC, the J-League 2 soccer team will have a special jersey for Gifu's 450th anniversary.  The soccer jersey will have the Oda crest printed on it.  However, there will be only 200 jerseys available to the public and the price is not cheap either, 15,900 yen.


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nobunaga Kentei

Big news in Gifu if you ever wanted to take an exam on the career of Nobunaga.  On September 24th, people will have the chance to take the Nobunaga Kentei at the Nagaragawa International Hall.  The application for the test is free and it seems that Sengoku Era historian Owada Tetsuo has a lot to do with the questions for the test.  Those who answer 80% or more will be awarded with a certificate.


As for myself, unfortunately I will not be taking the test since I am stuck in the states.  However, give me a week to review with my extensive Nobunaga library and I will most definitely pass the test.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017


For anyone who is in Gifu between July14-August 20 is in for a real treat.  The Gifu Museum of History will have a Nobunagaten or Nobunaga exhibition.  The exhibition is only about a month and is part of Gifu's 450th anniversary of its founding by Nobunaga.  While visiting the museum, a visit to Gifu Castle Park is a must for the Nobunaga fan/scholar.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Nobunaga Gallery

Starting in July, Gifu will be hosting the Nobunaga Gallery.  The Nobunaga Gallery will run until December of this year.  Here is a clip on Youtube:
Unfortunately, I will not have the chance to see it since I was in Japan already this year.  Another great Gifu/Nobunaga promotion for the 450th anniversary of Gifu.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Tea Record Found

Recently there was a tea ceremony document discovered related to Nobunaga.  The tea ceremony took place in 5/2 1574, but the document did not record where it took place.  Safe bet it took place in Kyoto since only three days later, The Kamo Shrine Horse Race Festival took place.  The document lists tea articles and foods such as squid and fish cake (kamaboko).

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Were you there at the Honnoji?

Were you there at the Honnoji where the Uesama died for the sins of the Japanese people?

The Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga (p.470) Ota Gyuichi/Lamers and Elisonas

"Nobunaga first grabbed his bow, but when he had let fly two or three times, the string broke, its time apparently having come as well.  he continued the fight with a spear but suffered a spear wound to his elbow and retreated.  Up to that point his women remained by him but now he ordered them, 'get out, hurry!  They won't harm women.' Once the women had been chased away, he had his personal quarters set on fire, and soon the entire building was aflame.  Not wanting anyone to see his final moments, it would seem, Nobunaga retired deep into his residence, shut the door of a utility room from the inside, and coolly cut his own belly."

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nobunaga's Victory Road

Sunday, June 11th the city of Nagoya will celebrate Nobunaga's Victory Road for the Battle of Okehazama.  It all starts at 4 in the morning at Kiysou Castle, then Atsuta Shrine at eight in the morning, and Okehazama battlefield at noon.  This is one of the better Battle of Okehazama festivals out there for sure.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

New book on Oda Nobuhide

There is a new book out by Nobunaga historian Taniguchi Katsuhiro.  His new book on Oda Nobuhide, Tenkajin no Chichi Oda Nobuhide, should be a decent pick up.  The book costs 820 yen.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 Azuchi Nobunaga Matsuri

The 2017 Azuchi Nobunaga Matsuri will be held on Sunday, June 4th.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Okehazama 2017

Today is the 457th anniversary of the Battle of Okehazama.  Nobunaga truly shocked Sengoku Japan with his victory over Imagawa Yoshimoto.  For Nobunaga, this is his debut on the national stage and passed with flying colors.  I love to sing and dance to "Atsumori," so this is a passage from the Shincho-Ko ki,

"The human lifespan, fifty years, compared to that enjoyed by dwellers of the Lowest Heavens, is like a dream, a phantasm.  Can there be anything, once given life, that does not perish in the end?  Then he ordered, 'Blow the horns!  Bring my armor!'"

Iza Shutsujin!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Book by Wada Yasuhiro

There is a new book out by Wada Yasuhiro by the title of Oda Nobunaga no Kanshindan.  Wada Yasuhiro has written several articles for the Rekishi Gunzo Nobunaga to Oda Gundan.  The book cost about 900 yen.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Fort Shokoji

Earlier this years I was able to visit where Fort Shokoji was located at during the Battle of Okehazama. Highly possible that Nobunaga constructed the fort in 1559, one year before the battle.  The fort was located south of Odaka Castle.  According to Sieshiro Mizuno's book, Okehazama he no Michi, Sassa Masatsugu was supposed to be in charge of the fort.  There is still no absolute answer on that.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dota Gozen and baby Nobunaga Statues

There is a new statue of Nobunaga's mother Dota Gozen (?-1594) at the Dota Castle lanmdmark located in Kani-shi, Gifu.  Dota Castle is where Dota Gozen was born and her father was Dota Masahisa.  Now this newly erected monument also has baby Nobunaga (Kichiboshi).  Unlike the statue at Shobata where Nobunaga's mother looked completely disgusted with her son, here at Dota Castle, she looks happy as well as baby Nobunaga.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Ii Naomori at Okehazama

One of the newest landmarks at the Arimatsu Okehazama Battlefield is where Ii Naomori placed his army at Makiyama.  Naomori was eventually killed in action by the Oda army during the battle.  As a landmark, this was long overdue and many thanks to the Kajino family who showed me the landmark.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tenka Fubu Talk Show

There was another talk show that was held in Gifu recently and the topic was the Tenka Fubu slogan.

One of the panelists at the talk show was historian writer Izawa Motohiko.  I was able to meet him a few years ago at the Toyoake City Okehazama Battlefield.  There has been many talk shows and other events this year in Gifu to celebrate its 450th anniversary.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 Okehazama Flyer

Here is the 2017 Okehazama Festival Flyer.  The Arimatsu Okehazama battlefield will host its annual festival on May 14th.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Nobunaga Ishigaki Discovered?

There is more news on Nobunaga's Gifu Castle.   It seems that there is a high possibility Nobunaga had more stone structure use at Gifu.  Hopefully, the recent research will help the theory out.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Nobunaga Shiro

There will be a Nobunaga Castle Summit this summer in Gifu.  The talk show will be held in July 29th-30th at the Grand Veil Gizan Hotel.  Subject matter include Komaki Castle, Gifu Castle, Azuchi Castle, and the recent excavations at Gifu Castle Park.  Prices are 1,700 yen before the show and 2,000 yen at the door.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Kanematsu Masayoshi and Ashinaka

In 1573, Kanematsu Masayoshi (1542-1627) received a pair of un-heeled Japanese sandals from Nobunaga.  The Shincho-Ko ki  explains,

"Nobunaga always carried a pair of half-sole sandals (ashinaka) attached to his waist.  In the current fighting, Kanematsu Matashiro pursued an enemy horseman into the hills around Mount Tone; eventually, he returned with the man's head.  He had gone barefooted, so his feet were dyed red with blood when he returned.  On seeing this, Nobunaga took those sandals from his waist and gave them to Kanematsu telling him to make good use of them.  What good fortune, what an honor."

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Okehazama History Show

There will be a Battle of Okehazama history television [Okehazama no Tatakai Oda Nobunaga Imagawagun Gekiha no Himitsu] program that will air on March 24th (Friday) at 10pm.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

2017 Okehazama Festival

The 2017 Arimatsu Okehazama Festival will be held on May 14th (Sunday).

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Kasamatsu, the place where Dosan and Nobunaga Departed

After the meeting with Dosan at Shotokuji Temple in Tonda in 1553, Nobunaga and his father-in-law rode together.  The area where the two split was near Kasamatsu, located in modern day Hashima district in Gifu Prefecture.  Nobunaga headed back to Nagoya, while Dosan returned to Inabayama Castle.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Naotora Drama Okehazama Debacle

I was fortunate or no so fortunate to watch the Ii Naotora Drama while in Japan.  Yes, I was able to watch the Okehazama episode and was left with a bad taste in my mouth.  Nothing but flashback!  Hello!  Hello to the people who is putting this drama on the air, the Ii played a major role for the Imagawa during the battle.  Ii Naomori was part of the baggage train that left for Yoshimoto's main army left.  They helped Asahina Yasutomo in the attack of Fort Washizu.  It would have been nice if they included some of tactical side of the battle according to the Ii.  Instead the audience get a watered down version of one of the most important battles in Japanese history.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Century of Dreams

I am back after a month long trip in Japan.  Fantastic in all.  One of the real treats of the trip was a visit to the Kyoto Cultural Museum.  This spring, the museum has a special display on the Sengoku Era called "A Century of Dreams."  The special exhibit is from 2/26-4/16.  One will see many documents from the Onin War, Hojo Family, Usesugi, and others.  There is at least two or three Kawanakajima Battle Screens, Anegawa, and more.  Weapons include swords, armor, and the like.  In all, this has to be one of the best Sengoku Era museum displays in a long time.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Gifu Nobunaga Book

Late last month there was a new Nobunaga book that was published.  Gifu Nobunaga is a 192 page book at the cost of 1296 yen.  That is on my want list for sure when I arrive in Japan next week.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Megalith at Gifu Castle?

Big news according to the recent archaeological work being done at Gifu Castle.  It seems that Nobunaga used megalith rocks for his palace at Gifu Castle.  Japanese link:
I plan to visit Gifu Castle Park late next week.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Anjo Castle News

My good friend Mikawa Hide has an excellent article on Anjo Castle.  The article includes history of the castle.  The battles between the Oda, Matsudaira, and Imagawa families.  As you read along, the article has maps of the honmaru and ni no maru.  As my myself, I have been to Anjo Castle twice and visited the museum, which is highly recommended.  

I also wrote a blog post on Anjo Castle back in 2009.  In 1540, Oda Nobuhide, with help from Mizuno Tadamasa, attacked Anjo Castle.  The 3,000 strong army took over the castle and Anjo Nagaie was killed in action.  Nobunaga's half-brother, Oda Nobuhiro was the new lord of the castle.  However, the tables were flipped in 1549.  The Imagawa/Matsudaira army triumphed by using firearms.  Nobuhiro was captured.  Nobuhide agreed to exchange Takechiyo (Tokugawa Ieyasu) for Nobuhiro at Kasadera in Owari.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Niwa Nagahide's Residence

This is the landmark of Niwa Nagahide's residence located at Nagoya City Nishi-ku, Kodama-cho.  Nagahide (1535-85) was a simple, quiet, and honest man.  He was one of the "Boys from Owari" and played a major role in the conquest of Mino at the Battle of Dobora in 1565.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Article by Kato Masafumi

Found an article by Kato Masafumi on Nobunaga's castles Komaki, Gifu, and Azuchi.  One main point the article hits on Komaki Castle.  Yes, it was a dry run for Azuchi and had stone walls.  However, Komaki Castle was located on an independent hill, like a floating island in the Nobi Plain.  Komaki had no huge hills or earth base.  In other words, it was defenseless.


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Friday, January 6, 2017

2017 Gifu Party

Gifu's year long celebration of its 450th birthday started last weekend at Gifu Castle.  Link to the article in Japanese:  The link has pictures from Gifu Castle.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year and Nobunaga's Horse Guards

During that special New Year's celebration at Gifu Castle in 1574, Nobunaga invited warrior bands from the Kyoto area and its surrounding as well as his horse guards.  However, there was a big difference who got to attend the big party with the gold lacquered skulls of Asakura Yoshikage, Azai Hisamasa, and Azai Nagamasa.

". . . , all warriors from the Kyoto and its surrounding provinces came to Gifu to present themselves before Nobunaga.  Nobunaga hosted a banquet where each guest drank three rounds of sake.  After the Provincials had left, there was yet another feast, which only His Lordship's Horse Guards were allowed to attend.  During this second banquet, some extraordinary and unprecedented things were presented as accompaniments to the sake."  Lamers (Japonius Tyrannus, p. 32)

This meant that his Horse Guards which consisted at the time his "Owari band of Brothers" and the Mino Big Three were able to see gold dusted skulls.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Nobunaga Coin Figure

There is a Nobunaga figure you can buy from a coin machine in Japan.  Details here in Japanese:

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Nobunaga Forum

Happy New Year to you all!

On February 25th, Gifu will host its 10th annual Nobunaga Forum with guest host Owada Tetsuo.  Topics will include Nobunaga's conquest of Mino, the name changed to Gifu and its historical significance, and the Tenka Fubu slogan.  Yours truly will be there and will post an analysis in the near future.


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