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.

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:
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.  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.

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.

Nobunaga no tame!