Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Komaki Castle Discovery

There has been some archaeological findings at Komaki Castle of late.  The news from Komaki is that there is a third entrance to the castle's honmaru.  The south and east side has already been confirmed.  Now the third side is the west side.  Why?  Shortest route to the honmaru where Nobunaga's residence is located.  Nobunaga used Komaki Castle as his headquarters for only fours years (1563-67).  In 1567, Nobunaga moved his headquarters to Gifu in 1567.  As for myself, I have only been to Komaki once.  Another trip is much needed.

Tenka no tame!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New Nagashino Book

There is a new book out on the Battle of Nagashino by Mr. Kobayashi.  Kobayashi, who is in his 80s, looks at the musket balls that were found at the battlefield.  The price of the book is 2,000 yen.


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Wednesday, November 1, 2017


The construction of the forward outpost Sunomata was key for Nobunaga's conquest of Mino.  Constructed in 1566 with the help of the Men of the Fields and Tokichiro (Hideyoshi), Sunomata made sure that Nobunaga would be on the offensive when attacking Mino.

Passage from David D. Neilson's Society at War:
Page 202.

"The construction of the fort at Sunomata can be broken down into three basic components.  The first component was the fort buildings and main enclosure that surrounded them.  Second were the moats in front of the walls to make the approach more difficult and hazardous.  Third, was the construction of a horse-stopping fence that enclosed the entire perimeter of the camp that was indented to keep the enemy, and particularly, mounted cavalry, at bay.  The horse-stopping fence also had the benefit of keeping enemy musketeers and archers at a distance which even if it did not put them out of range of the fort itself, would have degraded their accuracy considerably.  The horse-stopping fence was reinforced by a moat.  Once their presence was discovered by the enemy, the group expected to be attacked.  Their primary mission was to complete the fort so that it could be passed off to Oda Nobunaga's main force troops as a forward base of operations from which to launch the offensive into Mino.  If the Men of the Fields were going to be successful in their task, it meant construction would have to continue nonstop, even if they were under attack."

Tenka no tame!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mitsuhide Statue In The Near Future?

There might be plans to build an Akechi Mitsuhide statue at Nango Park in Kameoka City.  In a way, if the project is a go ahead, it will be good news.  The only Mitsuhide statue at the moment is at Sakamoto.

Link in Japanese:

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

More 2017 Nobunaga Gifu

A friend from Italy has a nice blog post on Nobunaga and Gifu's 450th birthday.


Tenka no tame!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

2017 Kenkun Jinja Matsuri

Kenkun Jinja will hold their yearly festival on Thursday October 19th.  Kenkun Jinja is a small shrine located in northern Kyoto.  The shrine houses Nobunaga's armor, a copy of Ota Gyuichi's Shincho-Ko ki, and the great Samonji sword that was used at the Battle of Okehazama (Nobunaga's war trophy).

Link with English information and video:

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 Soken-in

Kyoto's Soken-in at Daitokuji is open for the fall again.  For those who want to see a huge wooden statue of Nobunaga, his grave, his sons grave, the grave of his wife Nohime and concubine Onabe no Kata, this is your chance.  The dates are 10/7 to 12/8 (October 7th to December 8th).  Admission is 600 yen.


This is a rare treat and I have been able to visit the temple a few times to observe Nobunaga's grave.  A must see for those who love the Uesama.

Tenka no tame!