Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nobunaga Survey

The city of Gifu recently did a survey on Nobunaga and the results are interesting.

Nobunaga's image 39.7% Original, 26.3% Strong, 13.5% Intelligent, and 12.6% Cruel.

Nobunaga claimed the top spot as Gifu's Sengoku busho.

Nobunaga 57.5% Saito Dosan 31.7% Takenaka Hanbei 4.4%  Glad to see Dosan receiving some decent press since it was him and Nobunaga that made Mino prosperous.

Like Nobunaga?  69.2% Yes 27.6% Do not know, and 3.2% did not like him.

Nobunaga no tame!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nobunaga Gozen at Nagoya

There is another Nobunaga Era kaiseki cuisine being served up in Nagoya.  The price is reasonable at 3, 800 yen, but you have to make a reservation three days in advance at the Tokugawa Bijutsukan.

Tenka no tame!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

More Nobunaga Gallery News

Here is more news in Japanese on opening day at the Nobunaga Gallery in Gifu.

Opening Day started with the Nobunaga mannequin standing on an Eiroku Tsuho coin with the voice of actor Takahashi Hideki who played Nobunaga in the 1973 Taiga drama Kunitori Monogatari.  One can even see the Nobunaga armor which was used in Nobunaga: King of Zipangu.  Lots of computer graphics on what Nobunaga's Gifu mansion was like as well as Nohime's room.

Nobunaga no tame!

Nobunaga Gallery Begins

Big news in Gifu, the Nobunaga Gallery has begun!  July 13th to September 24th, the first stage of the gallery is open.  Second stage starts October 6th to December 17th.  This is a must see for all Nobunaga scholars, fans, and the like.  I do like the Nobunaga mannequin as well.  Iza shutsujin!

Tenka no tame!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Nobunaga Summer Events

If anyone visits Gifu during the summer, there will plenty events related to Nobunaga to attend and participate.  All of the events are for Gifu's 450th anniversary.  For example, the Lord Nobunaga Gallery and Nobunagaten.

Nobunaga no tame!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hostage Exchange at Kasadera

In 1549, the Battle of Anjo started again and it the result was not good for the Oda.  Oda Nobuhiro, who was in charge of Anjo Castle in western Mikawa Province was captured by the Imagawa after a year of fighting.  The battle was violent as the Imagawa forces used matchlock rifles to wear down Nobuhiro's army.  As for Oda Nobuhide, the loss meant he had to give up something in order for Nobuhiro to return to Owari.  Not only that, but Nobuhide lost Anjo Castle which was a buffer against the Imagawa and Matsudaira families.

Nobuhide agreed to the Imagawa terms to to exchange young Takechiyo (Tokugawa Ieyasu) for Nobuhiro.  The two families exchanged hostages at Kasadera's Kannonji in Owari.  The consequences were huge.  Nobuhide died only a few years later and the Imagawa expanded their military campiagn towards Owari.  Five years later after the hostage exchange, Nobunaga fought and won at the Battle of Muraki (1554) using guns and eleven years later was the Battle of Okehazama.

As for Takechiyo, he did return to Okazaki for brief moment until he was sent back to Sunpu as a hostage of the Imagawa.  At Sunpu, he was trained under Yoshimoto's military adviser Taigen Sessai.  By the time of the Battle of Okehazama, he was known as Matsudaira Motoyasu and was free after Yoshimoto was killed at Okehazama.

As for Nobunaga in 1549, he accomplished two major achievements, he ordered 500 matchlock rifles from Kunitomo in Omi and signed an off-limits notice to the Eight Villages of Atsuta "Fujiwara no Nobunaga."

Tenka no tame!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pictures of Azuchi, Kenkun Jinja, and More

Yesterday I came across an excellent link related to Azuchi and Nobunaga related temples and shrines in Kyoto.  The link has fantastic photos of Azuchi Castle, the muesum, and the Nobunaga Azuchi Festival.  Other photos include Kenkun Jinja, Amidaji and Honnoji in Kyoto.

My favorite is Azuchi's Seminariyo schedule photo.  The photo describes the seminary's schedule, food, and clothing.

Nobunaga no tame!