Sculpture of Oda Nobukatsu displayed in Rakuzan-en (楽山園) in Gunma.
Rakuzan-en is some kind of place for relaxation, as far as I can tell? If anyone can read Japanese do tell me, because I can’t and I’m not entirely sure what the place is supposed to be.

Sculpture of Oda Nobukatsu displayed in Rakuzan-en (楽山園) in Gunma.

Rakuzan-en is some kind of place for relaxation, as far as I can tell? If anyone can read Japanese do tell me, because I can’t and I’m not entirely sure what the place is supposed to be.

Some letter written by Nobunaga.

It’s really interesting to see old-school calligraphy where the characters run into each other and, for the untrained eyes, practically unreadable.

And in the second letter we get to see Nobunaga’s “Tenka Fubu” stamp.

Source:

http://otsuke.blogspot.com/2014/06/nobunaga-letter.html

http://samurai-archives.com/dictionary/o1.html

daeva-agas:

Well, how’s that for diversity? Sorry, William Adams, you got ninja’d!

I knew Yasuke existed, but I never knew he was actually elevated to samurai rank. Well, I don’t actually know what exactly did he do prior to reading this, but still.

Might be old news to some, but nifty information regardless.

I have HUGE doubts about the truth fact of this.

As far as my learning on art history goes, death masks is not a thing in the Portugal and Spain area, which is where the missionaries come from. Therewas one Italian guy with them, but I’m not sure if death masks is a thing in Italy in that era too.

They refuse to allow it to be dated, and so this is very dubious. Besides, the missionaries were JESUITS. The most stoic, old-school, strict Catholic group ever.

If they would go make statues, it would be of Mary or Jesus or some other religious thing. They don’t do death masks for local rulers, no matter how nice he may be to them.

I see no reason for them to be doing this. None. I’m 99% sure this is a hoax made in later date by people who heard about the culture of making death masks.

But if by chance it turned out to be true… well, okay. We have a better look of the guy’s face, then.

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.