Sunday, May 6, 2018

2018 Azuchi Matsuri

The 2018 Azuchi Nobunaga Festival will be held on Sunday June 3rd.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend due to the Toyoake Okehazama Festival.  That being said, this is one of the better Nobunaga festivals that is held in Japan.  Also I will be able to make a trip to Azuchi later this month.


Tenka no tame!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Sena Ujitoshi's Bucket

May is the Battle of Okehazama month and I will be at the battlefield on May 19th.  That being said, here is a picture of the bucket that Imagawa retainer Sena Ujitoshi presented to Shinmei Shrine as a gift to the gods right before the Battle of Okehazama.  Ujitoshi's camp was not far from the shrine and his camp was 49 by 125 feet in length.  Ujitoshi later served under the Takeda after the Battle of Okehazama.

Nobunaga no tame!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ryusenji and Nobuyuki

Just before Nobunaga assassinated his younger brother Nobuyuki in 1557, Nobuyuki practically turned Ryusenji into a fort.  This made Nobunaga angry.  He already forgave Nobuyuki the first time for treason, second time, no way!  Nobuyuki written his death sentence with the second rebellion.

Photo above is Ryusenji.

Ota Gyuichi Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga (Shincho-Ko ki) p. 93.

"The younger brother of Lord Kazusa no Suke Nobunaga, Lord Kanjuro, built up the Ryusenji, turning that temple into a fort.  He and Oda Ise no Kami (Nobukata) of Iwakura, who controlled the upper districts of Owari, had entered into an agreement to invade the Three Villages of of Shinoki, a fine estate that was part of Nobunaga's immediate domain."

Tenka no tame!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Arimatsu Okehazama 2018

The 2018 Arimatsu Okehazama Festival will be held on Sunday June 10th.  I have been to the festival before and it is one of the better Nobunaga festivals in the country.  I will be in Japan, but will unfortunately will miss it.  However, I will be at the Toyoake City Okehazama Festival earlier in the month.

Nobunaga no tame!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Nobunaga and Yoshiteru

In 1559, Nobunaga made his first trip to Kyoto with a selected few men.  There, he met shogun Ashikaga Yoshiteru in person.  A rare event indeed.

Ota Gyuichi Shincho-Ko ki (The Chronicle of Lord Nobunaga) pp. 93-4.

"All of a sudden Lord Kazusa no Suke announced that he would go up to Kyoto and drew up a list of eighty men selected to accompany him.  After touring the capital city, Nara, and Sakai, he made a courtesy call on the shogun, Kogenin Yoshiteru, and sojourned in Kyoto.  This was a truly festive occasion, and Nobunaga had outfitted himself accordingly.  He bore a great sword that had a gold-encrusted sheath and was fitted with a sword guard shaped like a wheel.  All of his escorts, too, bore swords with gold-encrusted sheaths."

The woodblock print above is from the Ehon Taikoki.

Tenka no tame!