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.

Nobunaga no tame!


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.


Tenka no tame!

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.

Nobunaga no tame!

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.

Tenka no tame!

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.

Nobunaga no tame!

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).

Tenka no tame!

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."

Nobunaga no tame!

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.

Tenka no tame!