Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mitsuhide Drama

There is finally some good news on the NHK Taiga front.  In 2020, there will be a Taiga drama on one of Nobunaga's capatains, Akechi Mitsuhide.  If NHK puts the money and quality into this project, this drama will be a winner.  I am looking forward to this.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Anegawa, Nomura, and Mitamura

Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu scored a victory at the Battle of Anegawa over the Azai/Asakura in 1570.  Depending where the armies were stationed at, the name is different.  Nobunaga's position was stationed at Nomura.  So the Oda and Azai armies fought at Nomura at Anegawa (Nomura Kassen).  Ieyasu's position was Mitamura.  Again, the Tokugawa and Asakura armies fought at Mitamura at Anegawa (Mitamura Kassen).

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Okehazama at Kiyosu

Kiyosu Castle will be hosting a mock Battle of Okehazama next month.  This is fantastic news.  The event will be held on May 20th at Kiyosu Castle.  I do plan to attend this event.


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Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring at Sokenin

For those who are in Kyoto this early spring are in for a real treat.  Daitokuji's Sokenin will be open for a short time.  Staring March 24th to May 26th, one can see a wooden statue of Nobunaga (picture above), graves of the Oda family, graves of Nohime and Onabe no Kata.  That being said, most of the time Sokenin will only be open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  I plan to visit Sokenin in May for sure.


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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Ehon Taikoki Okehazama

These three Okehazama woodblock prints are from the Ehon Taikoki.  The top print is Nobunaga singing and dancing to Atsumori.  The second print is Nobunaga praying at Atsuta Shrine.  The third is Imagawa Yoshimoto's death.  Happy Easter to you all and God Bless!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Discovery at Omizo Castle

News related to Nobunaga's cousin, Oda Nobuzumi on his castle Omizo.  According to the archaeological discovery at Omizo, the castle was built with the Azuchi method.  Omizo Castle was located on the western side of Lake Biwa.  With Hideyoshi located at the north with Nagahama, Nobunaga with Azuchi at the east, and Mitsuhide at the south with Sakamoto, it created a diamond around Lake Biwa.


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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Okehazama Talk in April

Okehazama and local Nobunaga historian Seishiro Mizuno will host a seminar on the Battle of Okehazama in April.  The seminar will be held on April 28th, at the Meito Cultural hall near the Nagoya subway station Kamiyashiro.  If you are in the Nagoya area during this time, by all means go.  His last seminar on the Battle of Inou and Shibata Katsuie was a huge success.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Nobunaga and Kozuke

The Gunma Prefectural Museum of History will host a special exhibition Oda Nobunaga to Kozuke kuni.  Nobunaga and Kozuke domain will be held March 17th to May 13th.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Shiga Castle

Shiga Castle was the home of Nobunaga's elder adviser Hirate Masahide (1492-1553).  Masahide excelled in diplomacy, poetry, and the tea ceremony.  While Nobunaga's father Nobuhide was still alive, he asked Masahide to work out a peace agreement with the Kiyosu faction in the late 1540s.  At first, it stalled, but Masahide eventually made the two parties agree to a deal.  More importantly, Masahide worked out another deal with Saito Dosan of Mino to allow Nobunaga to marry Dosan's daughter Nohime.  After Masahide's death in 1553, Nobunaga built a temple for him Seishuji.  His grave however was moved to Tounji.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Nobunaga's Kyoto Parade

I have never really touched on Nobunaga's famous Kyoto Parade which was held in 1581.  As of today, it is still debated whether or not Nobunaga's real intention was to scare the living hell out of the Imperial household into submission.

Lamers Japonius Tyrannus (206-7)

"Nobunaga staged a military parade in Kyoto in March 1581 as a formal celebration of the Honganji's defeat.  It was unquestionably the ceremonial crowing of Nobunaga's career.  Of special interest is that Nobunaga carefully wove strands of Imperial fabric into the carpet of magnificence he unrolled on the streets of Japan's capital."

Nobunaga ordered Akechi Mitsuhide to organize the parade.  Nobunaga left his Kyoto headquarters Honnoji around eight in the morning on his horse Daikoku.  As for the picture above here is a list:

  1. Emperor Ogimachi
  2. Prince Sanehito
  3. Oda Nobunaga
  4. Spectators
  5. Emperor's temporary residence
  6. Court ladies
  7. The military horse parade
  8. Courtiers
  9. Imperial Palace
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Samonji Sword News

Big news out of Shizuoka as swordsmiths are trying to replicate Yoshimoto's Samonji sword for his 500th anniversary of his birth.  Yoshimoto was in possession of the sword during the Battle of Okehazama.  The sword was two feet six inches in length.  After Yoshimoto's death at Okehazama, the sword was in the hands of Nobunaga.  He later cut down the length to two feet two inches.


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Oda Nobuhide Book Review

Title: Tenkajin no Chichi Oda Nobuhide
Author: Taniguchi Katsuhiro
Publisher: Yodensha
Year: 2017
Pages: 254

I received Taniguchi Katsuhiro's new book on Oda Nobuhide in the mail last year.  So far, the book is a must have for any scholar on Oda Nobunaga.  The book's bibliography is no exception.  It is extensive and Taniguchi used everything he could get his hands on.

If there is anything that stood out in the book, it is on page 205.  Nobuhide moved often and only in Owari.  Shobata, Nagoya, Furuwatari, and Suemori.  Nobuhide moved from western Owari near Mino to eastern Owari near Mikawa.  Here is my opinion on this.  After his alliance with Saito Dosan, Nobuhide had is back somewhat protected.  The real threat came from the Imagawa and Nobuhide moved his headquarters to Suemori to be ready for them when the time came.

Nobunaga saw this too when he was young and no doubt had an effect on him.  He too, moved often. Nagoya, Kiyosu, Komaki, Gifu, and Azuchi.  Nagoya, Kiyosu, and Komaki are in Owari while Gifu is in Mino and Azuchi is in Omi.  Nobunaga moved for military, political, and economic reasons.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018


This is an old photo of the Okehazama Battlefield.  Dengakutsubo is supposedly where Yoshimoto made his last stand at the Battle of Okehazama.  The photo was probably taken during the Taisho/Showa Era.  One can notice how rural and virgin the area was.

Other news related to Nobunaga, if one is in Kyoto right now, the Teramachi Honnoji is having a spring treasure display of Nobunaga's last tea ceremony until April 22nd.  I highly recommend this.
Link to Honnoji display:

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Old Okehazama Photos

I am slowly working on a picture book on the Battle of Okehazama.  When will the book be finished?  I do not know.  That being said I received some old photos from the Kajino family on Okehazama.  These photos are from Sakakibara Kunihiko Okehazama Kassen Shashin Shu, which was published in 1993.  Mr. Sakakibara has another book on Okehazama, Okehazama Kassen Kenkyu, a book I highly recommend.

The first photo above is the old Okehazama Battlefield Park.  You will notice right away there is not much modern development.  The second photo is Narumi Castle.  The landmark area almost looks completely virgin.  What I like about the photos is that it gives us historians some clues what the battlefield might have looked like before modern development.  It was still extremely rural.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Battle of Inou Seminar

My good friend and Battle of Okehazama colleague Seishiro Mizuno will be hosting a seminar on the Battle of Inou, Nobunaga, Shibata Katsuie, and Suemori Castle.  The seminar will be held on March 2nd, near Nagoya subway station Kamiyashiro at the Meito Cultural Hall.

If you are in the Nagoya area during this time, by all means go to the event.  It is free and you will learn  a lot on young Nobunaga during his pre-Battle of Okehazama days.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Old Okehazama Guide

Here is an old Battle of Okehazama guide from the 6th year of Ansei (1859), called as Okehazama Kassen Enki (Kosenjozu).  It seems that this guide was sold just before you arrived at the battlefield.  I do have another link regarding to the Battle of Okehazama as well.


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Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018

Happy 2018 to you all!

As always, every year I like to post a picture of Nobunaga's famous golden skulls display he held on New Year's at Gifu Castle in 1574.  The skulls of Azai Nagamasa, his father Hisamasa, and Asakura Yoshikage.

What does 2018 have in store for us Nobunaga fans? 2017 was Gifu's 450th anniversary.  2018 is another important milestone.  2018 will be the 450th anniversary when Nobunaga marched to Kyoto to help install the 15th and last Ashikaga shogun Yoshiaki.

During the Christmas break, I have been reading Taniguchi Katsuhiro's book on Nobunaga's father, Nobuhide.  It is not that bad and will write a small review soon.  I do highly recommend it.

Nobunaga no tame!