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.

Tenka no tame!

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.  http://okehazama.net

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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.
Link: https://t.co/9FJOx9fw4g

Tenka no tame!

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."

Tenka no tame!

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.  http://okehazama.net/modules/osirase/index.php?page=article&storyid=256

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

2017 Okehazama Festival

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


Tenka no tame!

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.

Tenka no tame!

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.


Nobunaga no tame!

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.
Link: https://t.co/QdufECOlF3

Tenka no tame!

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: https://t.co/b527v3YBJB
I plan to visit Gifu Castle Park late next week.

Nobunaga no tame!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Anjo Castle News

My good friend Mikawa Hide has an excellent article on Anjo Castle.  http://www.sengokushiseki.com/?p=264  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.  http://www.otsuke.blogspot.com/2009/09/anjo-castle.html  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.

Tenka no tame!

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.

Link:  https://t.co/xsJr5Gp5R0

Tenka no tame!

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: http://www.nobunaga450.jp/event/event-1272  The link has pictures from Gifu Castle.

Nobunaga no tame!

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.

Tenka no tame!

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:http://www.gashapon.jp/busyou/

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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.

Link: http://www.nobunaga450.jp/event/event-1250

Nobunaga no tame!
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