Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017 Azuchi Nobunaga Matsuri



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

Tenka no tame!

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!

Nobunaga no tame!
Tenka no tame!

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.

https://t.co/KpICQO2WYV

Tenka no tame!

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.

Nobunaga no tame!

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.

Tenka no tame!

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.

Nobunaga no tame!