daeva-agas:

Tenka FuBurger, inspired by Samurai Archives forum insanity and Nobunaga no Chef.
Sort of.
Because forum insanity, you know? One moment we were talking seriously about the menu and format of food serving in samurai-era banquets, and the next thing you know Tenka FuBurgers happened and the burning of Mount Hiei is obviously a barbecue party gone so very wrong.
Throw out all the samurai mumbo jumbo and it’s just Chocolate Banana Burgers, really. But, well, in Nobunaga no Chef there were stuff about bananas and chocolates (they sort of symbolize the foreign countries) and, well, after Tenka Fubu is fulfilled I think Nobu would have wanted to go international. Maybe.

*shrug* Weirder things have showed up.

daeva-agas:

Tenka FuBurger, inspired by Samurai Archives forum insanity and Nobunaga no Chef.

Sort of.

Because forum insanity, you know? One moment we were talking seriously about the menu and format of food serving in samurai-era banquets, and the next thing you know Tenka FuBurgers happened and the burning of Mount Hiei is obviously a barbecue party gone so very wrong.

Throw out all the samurai mumbo jumbo and it’s just Chocolate Banana Burgers, really. But, well, in Nobunaga no Chef there were stuff about bananas and chocolates (they sort of symbolize the foreign countries) and, well, after Tenka Fubu is fulfilled I think Nobu would have wanted to go international. Maybe.

*shrug* Weirder things have showed up.

daeva-agas:

Got an alert from Facebook folks. This was promo images from a drama hosted by D3Publisher (creator of Gyakuten Yoshiwara).

The drama is titled 天魔の銀翼 ~敵は本能寺にあり~ (Tenma no Ginyoku ~Teki wa Honnoji ni Ari~|Demon’s Silver Wings ~The Enemy is at Honnoji~)

Three guesses what it’s all about -_-

Also. Heh. A ninja of the Oda clan??? Gadzooks!! XD His name is Ban Naganobu, one of the clan leaders of the “Koga 53 families”. Heee… It’s the same kanji as the one in Nobu’s name. Just reversed. I wonder if he renamed himself that after entering service for the Oda or if it’s just a coincidence…

I am eternally confused over the trope of portraying Akechi as a sparkly young bishonen.

Why?

Seriously. Why?

Oda Nobuhide (1510-1551)

Nobody is ever anybody without their parents, right?

Looking for pictures of Nobuhide here, Nobunaga’s good ol’ daddy, is a chore. These were among the top results in Google search and the rest were just irrelevant. I guess nobody cared what he looks like?

If I thought looking for information on Nobunaga’s sons was tough, this was worst. What did his uma-jirushi (horse banners) look like? Dunno. Did he just fly the Oda caln mon on his sashimono or did he have a personal crest like Nobunaga did? Dunno.

He was apparently a strong and ferocious enough guy to earn himself the nickname “Tiger of Owari”, but… other than the battles he did, I could hardly find any other trivia.

Taira no Sukemori, one of the… supposed ancestors of the Oda clan. It’s either him or another guy named Chikazane, also from the Taira family. 

Sukemori is a grandson of the great Taira no Kiyomori, who is pretty much doing almost the same thing Nobunaga was doing, i.e making demands to the higher-ups (in this case the emperor because shoguns do not exist yet) and excercizing a lot of power in state affairs, so I thought the relation is rather funny.

At some point Nobunaga also claimed the family descended from the Fujiwara, so… there really was no telling if that was even true or not. I mean, it IS possible to be descended from both lines, but really…

Taira no Sukemori, one of the… supposed ancestors of the Oda clan. It’s either him or another guy named Chikazane, also from the Taira family.

Sukemori is a grandson of the great Taira no Kiyomori, who is pretty much doing almost the same thing Nobunaga was doing, i.e making demands to the higher-ups (in this case the emperor because shoguns do not exist yet) and excercizing a lot of power in state affairs, so I thought the relation is rather funny.

At some point Nobunaga also claimed the family descended from the Fujiwara, so… there really was no telling if that was even true or not. I mean, it IS possible to be descended from both lines, but really…

daeva-agas:
[pointless chatter]
It’s not rude to call it “pointless chatter” because that was my own post.
I just wanted to draw Nobutada in his horned helmet. He supposedly wore one of those in the battle with Matsunaga Hisahide for luck/protection, as deers are considered messengers of gods.

daeva-agas:

[pointless chatter]

It’s not rude to call it “pointless chatter” because that was my own post.

I just wanted to draw Nobutada in his horned helmet. He supposedly wore one of those in the battle with Matsunaga Hisahide for luck/protection, as deers are considered messengers of gods.

daeva-agas:

According to this one website I read, back in the ye olde times the inhabitants of Japan are short. Very short.
At 165 cm (about 5’5”), Nobu there is considered a very tall guy. Horses are about 135 cm (4’5”) tall.
I’m about Ieyasu’s height (157 cm/5’2”). Nobu would be… about my dad’s height. Huh.
Also. LOL. Hideyoshi is such a midget. I knew he’s supposed to be kind of short, but I never expected the people to be this small!

An aside.

daeva-agas:

According to this one website I read, back in the ye olde times the inhabitants of Japan are short. Very short.

At 165 cm (about 5’5”), Nobu there is considered a very tall guy. Horses are about 135 cm (4’5”) tall.

I’m about Ieyasu’s height (157 cm/5’2”). Nobu would be… about my dad’s height. Huh.

Also. LOL. Hideyoshi is such a midget. I knew he’s supposed to be kind of short, but I never expected the people to be this small!

An aside.

daeva-agas:

Happy 480th Birthday, Nobu! 8 full cycle of the 60-year elemental stems and zodiacs! Nobu was born in 1534, the year of the Wood Horse Junior (or Yin Wood Horse), which is the same zodiac/element for this year! A good year to celebrate, LOL.
The actual Gregorian date for his birthday is June 23, buuuut the Japanese usually opt to adopt the Lunar date as the actual date (12th day of the 5th month —> 12 May), so I’m celebrating today, ahah!
I live in a dorm with no kitchen, so no dango party this year. So I just made this little book. Japanese-style bookbinding done by hand :D

Actually, maybe it’s not a good year to celebrate. This year’s horoscope for those with those born in the year of the horse kind of matches the incident of Honnouji (“Beware of treachery from someone close to you. Please manage your relationships carefully”).
BTW, Honnouji also happened in the year of the Horse. The element was Water, though.

daeva-agas:

Happy 480th Birthday, Nobu! 8 full cycle of the 60-year elemental stems and zodiacs! Nobu was born in 1534, the year of the Wood Horse Junior (or Yin Wood Horse), which is the same zodiac/element for this year! A good year to celebrate, LOL.

The actual Gregorian date for his birthday is June 23, buuuut the Japanese usually opt to adopt the Lunar date as the actual date (12th day of the 5th month —> 12 May), so I’m celebrating today, ahah!

I live in a dorm with no kitchen, so no dango party this year. So I just made this little book. Japanese-style bookbinding done by hand :D

Actually, maybe it’s not a good year to celebrate. This year’s horoscope for those with those born in the year of the horse kind of matches the incident of Honnouji (“Beware of treachery from someone close to you. Please manage your relationships carefully”).

BTW, Honnouji also happened in the year of the Horse. The element was Water, though.

Nobuo or Nobukatsu?

There’s been a lot of debates on just how this name is supposed to be  read:

The 雄 kanji by itself reads “o”, so some people go ahead and read it as “Nobuo”.

In one online dictionary, one of the listed “name reading” for this kanji is “katsu”, but it’s a modern dictionary. I’m pretty sure that’s only listed because of the Nobukatsu thing. Which, you know, doesn’t help.

Most people prefer to go by Nobukatsu because of Luis Frois’s accounts in his Historia de Japam. There’s also reportedly this letter that has his name written as “nobukatsu” in kana. It’s unverified, but as far as I know, that’s as good as it gets.

Presumably this name was read “Nobukatsu” instead of the other possible readings, like “Nobuyoshi”, because it used to be written like this: 信勝 (also read Nobukatsu) and the reading was kept to avoid confusion or something.

I can’t find when exactly did he change his name from one spelling to the other (信雄) or why, though. Maybe because his traitorous uncle Nobuyuki was also known as 信勝 and that doesn’t sit well with Nobunaga?

Because… slapping warlord names on food products makes it attractive to fanboys and/or tourists?

Okay, this is not historical note so much as it is modern culture.

It’s one thing if the food product was actually something the person in question likes to eat, such as the Shogun coffee.

This one had little to NOTHING to Nobunaga AT ALL. Sweet cream puffs/cakes? Cheesecake? What?

This makes no sense!

Young Nobunaga in a penis-patterned kimono. This is a scan from one of the magazines that I got from Japan. 
As we all know, there are lots of rumours pertaining to famous people at any given time, so this is one of such rumours. Nobody knew if this was true or not, but… most people nowadays don’t believe it.
Although one has to wonder just how the rumours even started to begin with. You can’t come up with “Lord Oda wore a kimono patterned with images of male genitalia” out of nowhere!
Not that this isn’t possible, though. When Nobunaga went to visit Saito Dousan for the first time, Shinchou ko-ki said he entered town wearing pants made out of leopard skin and tiger skin dyed in 4 different colours. I don’t think such kind of pants is commonplace. He had to have ordered it to be custom-made for him.

Young Nobunaga in a penis-patterned kimono. This is a scan from one of the magazines that I got from Japan.

As we all know, there are lots of rumours pertaining to famous people at any given time, so this is one of such rumours. Nobody knew if this was true or not, but… most people nowadays don’t believe it.

Although one has to wonder just how the rumours even started to begin with. You can’t come up with “Lord Oda wore a kimono patterned with images of male genitalia” out of nowhere!

Not that this isn’t possible, though. When Nobunaga went to visit Saito Dousan for the first time, Shinchou ko-ki said he entered town wearing pants made out of leopard skin and tiger skin dyed in 4 different colours. I don’t think such kind of pants is commonplace. He had to have ordered it to be custom-made for him.