Sunday, June 17, 2018

Luis Frois

This is a statute of the Portuguese Jesuit missionary Luis Frois (1532-97) located at the Gifu City Museum of History.

Frois was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1532 and first arrived in Japan in 1563, the same year that Nobunaga moved his headquarters from Kiyosu to Komaki.  In 1569, Frois first saw Nobunaga in person in Kyoto.  That day, Nobunaga was constructing Nijo Castle for shogun Ashikaga Yoshiaki.  It was noted in Frois's writings that one of Nobunaga's soldiers was harassing a young woman.  Nobunaga saw this and took immediate action as he chopped off the soldier's head in one single stroke of the blade.  Later in 1569, Frois visited Nobunaga again in Gifu.  He described Gifu as ancient Babylon.  Frois is one of the few foreigners who have met with Nobunaga on a consistent basis and has several writings on the meetings with the Uesama.

Tenka no tame!

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