6 days ago | 2 notes | Reblog
#azuchi castle
#castle
#architecture
AAS Report 5 - The Chinese Origins of Azuchi's Tenshu

Nobunaga seems to be pretty interested in Chinese things too. I wonder if there’s a significance or if it’s just a passing fancy?

I did hear something about him supposedly wanting to go conquer China, but I totally forgot where I read it from or if it has any citations.

1 week ago | 2 notes | Reblog
#manga
#media
#pop culture
#oda nobunaga
#nobunaga
All your Nobunaga manga needs (JP)

A huge list of manga about/featuring Nobunaga.

From whacky old-school stuff to serious busines ones to “history lesson for kids” ones.

I think I saw what looked like a manga version of the movie Goemon. And a manga version of the Shinchou-ko Ki.

1 week ago | 5 notes | Reblog
#Oda Nobunaga
#nobunaga
A depiction of young Nobunaga in hist uijin (初陣 first battle).
From the Edo period, around 1639.

A depiction of young Nobunaga in hist uijin (初陣 first battle).

From the Edo period, around 1639.

2 weeks ago | 4 notes | Reblog
#oda nobunaga
#portrait
#nobunaga
Nobunaga portrait by Giovanni Niccolo… is not really Nobunaga?

Most people are probably familiar with this picture of Nobunaga:

It’s the top search result for his face on Google, come on.

Now a while back I ran into a blog post by Otsuke that this may have been a hoax. In fact, it was theorized to be a photograph of his descendant from the Meiji era.

Well, that’s interesting!

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2 weeks ago | 3 notes | Reblog
#ninja
#iga
#Nobunaga
#Nobukatsu
#Tensho Iga no Ran
#Tensho Iga War
Tenshō Iga War

Well, this war is of a great interest to me because this was pretty much the reason why Nobunaga is TEH EVULZ ENEMY OF ALL NINJERS in old ninja movies…

You can find some details of how the disaster went down in Wikipedia here, but my main interest is not in the event itself. It’s the WHY it happened in the first place.

Wikipedia, as well as most of the other sources, said that Nobukatsu wanted to conquer Iga, either because wanted to gain favour in his father’s eyes, or because of something along the lines of “to be able to take down the ninja province of Iga is a samurai’s dream”.

There were other vague articles that said the attack was a retaliation for the men of Iga sabotaging Maruyama Castle, but that helps nothing. The castle was meant to be a home base to attack Iga anyway, so why DID Nobukatsu want to invade Iga in the first place?

The Shinchou-ko Ki seems to imply that Nobunaga didn’t really care about Iga at that time. When he heard about his son doing this, his reaction was pretty much “What the hell did you attack that useless place for? There are better things for you to do!” (or at least that’s the impression I got)

And then I came across "1000 years of the Shadow Warrior" by John Man. That book mentioned that some rebels had gone to Iga for shelter en route to Chugoku to seek help from the Mouri clan. Nobukatsu had to deal with Iga to deal with the rebels hiding there.

That book had a very casual tone and it almost sounded like a travel journal or a blog (like what I’m doing here), so that kind of made me doubt the quality of the information. However, it actually provided a glimpse on info that I haven’t seen before, so that’s a starting point to start looking further. And the writer claimed to base its info source from questioning people of the Koga, so it might actually have a sound basis to it. The Koga people were involved in the mess, after all.

Some poking around led me to The Ninja: Ancient Shadow Warriors of Japan" by Kacem Zoughari. This book also had a similar information as the John Man book had, and it was actually more elaborated.

Supposedly, relatives and other people loyal to the Kitabatake family wanted revenge because Nobunaga had taken control of the Kitabatake family and Ise. So they joined forces with the men of Iga to start a rebellion. Takigawa Kazumasu dealt with the situation, but the rebels then wanted to run to Mouri for assistance, so Nobukatsu had to deal with it some way or another anyway before it leads into something worse.

And then the Shimoyama Kai deal happened, and from there it became the big mess that everyone knew about.

The source cited was “Seishu Heiranki”, which I cannot find. Zoughari didn’t provide the original kanji of the title. The closest thing i can find is the “Soshu Heiranki” (相州兵乱記), and it seemed to be a document pertaining to Ise, so I guess it’s reliable to an extent. If it’s actually the document Zoughari had meant. The book sample has a lot of typos, so this could be yet another typo. 

To be honest, I’m not really clear about what was Iga’s position before this. Despite the fact that Iga or Koga weren’t a big concern to Nobunaga, the Oda has had a few skirmishes with those groups in the past. It would make sense that Iga readily joined the rebels because they already had some beef against Nobunaga beforehand.

Shinchou-ko Ki only briefly mentioned them being involved in some battles as part of the Oda army’s opposition, but no elaboration. Just that they were there (unless I missed something while reading). I suppose they were just some more of the people who dislike Nobunaga for some reason or the other, just like the Miyoshi group…

1 month ago | 9 notes | Reblog
#resource
#shinchoukoki
#literature
daeva-agas:

skimlines:

daeva-agas:

So. This is the number 1 go-to book for most people when trying to find things about Nobu. Last year I got it for approximately $200 from Amazon.
It’s now listed on Amazon for $1080, USED ONLY. Dunno if there’s anywhere else that still sells it for cheaper, but holy moly… Makes me mighty glad I picked it up when I did. It might blow up to $2000 next year, or even disappear from circulation entirely.
hikarunohana, since you were looking at Nobu things, try to see if this book is available in public libraries. My copy was delivered from ROME, so there might be some other loose copies out there.

A book being listed as 1k and selling for 1k are two different things.
Also, you can get this book in new condition for $174: http://www.amazon.ca/The-Chronicle-Lord-Nobunaga-Gyuichi/dp/9004201629
Some more sources that are under $350: http://www.directtextbook.com/isbn/9789004201620

Oh, well, it only has one price listed, no alternatives and everything, so I assumed that was that. Can the book be sold with a different price from the one listed in Amazon? Other sources would obviously have different prices and stuff…But thanks for the links!!

For english readers who might be interested in reading the Shinchou Ko Ki! This is expensive, but at least we know an English copy exist. It has annotations and extra information if there’s typos or name errors (at one point Mori Yoshinari was listed to have been involved in something that occurred after his death).

daeva-agas:

skimlines:

daeva-agas:

So. This is the number 1 go-to book for most people when trying to find things about Nobu. Last year I got it for approximately $200 from Amazon.

It’s now listed on Amazon for $1080, USED ONLY. Dunno if there’s anywhere else that still sells it for cheaper, but holy moly… Makes me mighty glad I picked it up when I did. It might blow up to $2000 next year, or even disappear from circulation entirely.

hikarunohana, since you were looking at Nobu things, try to see if this book is available in public libraries. My copy was delivered from ROME, so there might be some other loose copies out there.

A book being listed as 1k and selling for 1k are two different things.

Also, you can get this book in new condition for $174: http://www.amazon.ca/The-Chronicle-Lord-Nobunaga-Gyuichi/dp/9004201629

Some more sources that are under $350: http://www.directtextbook.com/isbn/9789004201620

Oh, well, it only has one price listed, no alternatives and everything, so I assumed that was that. Can the book be sold with a different price from the one listed in Amazon? Other sources would obviously have different prices and stuff…

But thanks for the links!!

For english readers who might be interested in reading the Shinchou Ko Ki! This is expensive, but at least we know an English copy exist. It has annotations and extra information if there’s typos or name errors (at one point Mori Yoshinari was listed to have been involved in something that occurred after his death).

1 month ago | 4 notes | Reblog
#nobunaga
#oda nobunaga
#portrait
#nobunaga oda
A portrait of a younger Nobunaga.
If you ask me he looks more like Nobukatsu than Nobutada, so I dunno why people likes having Nobutada look very similar to his father.
And if Wikipedia is to be believed, the one who actually is the spitting image of Nobunaga is Nobutaka (the third son, not the seventh son).

A portrait of a younger Nobunaga.

If you ask me he looks more like Nobukatsu than Nobutada, so I dunno why people likes having Nobutada look very similar to his father.

And if Wikipedia is to be believed, the one who actually is the spitting image of Nobunaga is Nobutaka (the third son, not the seventh son).

1 month ago | 2 notes | Reblog
#Gifu castle
#castle
The first Tenshu ever built was supposedly Gifu Castle's Tenshu

Also, Gifu was supposedly the first ever Sengoku era castle to feature a luxurious garden, with ponds and all sorts of pretty decorations.

1 month ago | 1,297 notes | Reblog
#the oda family
#nobunaga's sons
#them poor kids

odaclan:

daeva-agas:

imagineyouricon:

Imagine your icon naming their child after their favorite food.

He already has a son named “tea whisk” and another one named “ladle”. If he names a son “dango” or “castella” or “persimmon”, I wouldn’t bat an eyelash =___=

Besides, a lot of Japanese food names don’t sound too bad as a name.

List of Nobunaga’s sons’ original names (that I am aware of) before they have their coming-of-age ceremony and get their Nobu-something names:
- Strange (Kimyoumaru) —> Nobutada
- Tea-whisk (Chasenmaru) —> Nobukatsu
- Three seven (Sanshichi) —> Nobutaka 信孝
- Next (Otsugimaru) —> Hidekatsu
- Little boy (Boumaru) —> Katsunaga
- Big cave/hole —> Nobuhide
- Small cave/hole —> Nobutaka 信高
- Ladle —> Nobuyoshi 信吉
- Person —> Nobusada

The ones without the Japanese reading is the names I cannot find how they were read in Japanese (as in I see the kanji, but I don’t see the furigana for it and I can’t tell how that name is supposed to be read).

Cannot find the names of the other two. I will not stop harping about this because I’m sitting here wondering WHY. Does he just not care because “Oh, well, once they have genpuku they will change their name anyway”? Or is he purposefully being weird?

ETA: I found the remaining two kids’ names.

- Good (良好 Ryōkō) —> Nobuyoshi 信好
- Edge ( En) —> Nagatsugu

Nobunaga is apparently a very mean dad to his sons.

All his daughters have sensible names.

1 month ago | 1,297 notes | Reblog
#the oda family
#nobunaga's sons

daeva-agas:

imagineyouricon:

Imagine your icon naming their child after their favorite food.

He already has a son named “tea whisk” and another one named “ladle”. If he names a son “dango” or “castella” or “persimmon”, I wouldn’t bat an eyelash =___=

Besides, a lot of Japanese food names don’t sound too bad as a name.

List of Nobunaga’s sons’ original names (that I am aware of) before they have their coming-of-age ceremony and get their Nobu-something names:
- Strange (Kimyoumaru) —> Nobutada
- Tea-whisk (Chasenmaru) —> Nobukatsu
- Three seven (Sanshichi) —> Nobutaka 信孝
- Next (Otsugimaru) —> Hidekatsu
- Little boy (Boumaru) —> Katsunaga
- Big cave/hole —> Nobuhide
- Small cave/hole —> Nobutaka 信高
- Ladle —> Nobuyoshi 信吉
- Person —> Nobusada

The ones without the Japanese reading is the names I cannot find how they were read in Japanese (as in I see the kanji, but I don’t see the furigana for it and I can’t tell how that name is supposed to be read).

Cannot find the names of the other two. I will not stop harping about this because I’m sitting here wondering WHY. Does he just not care because “Oh, well, once they have genpuku they will change their name anyway”? Or is he purposefully being weird?