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!

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