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Ota

The village of Ota in Tsurugi in 2005 still holds the Oda clan dear. This is where the first of all the Odas, Chikazane, changed his clan's name from Taira in 1100's.

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Owari (Aichi)

Oda Tsunematsu and his brother Tsunetaka came to Owari in 1400's. Today the spot that was once Owari is only a slice of the Aichi Prefecture.

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Owari (Aichi)

Owari sounds like a yummier name to me.

 

Owari (Aichi)

Yet, around the rice fields, time stands still.

 

This is the Kiyosu castle. At 21 years old, Oda Nobunaga took control of his whole clan. He got there the usual way according to the standard of 16th-century 'warring states period' ('Sengoku' in Japanese) -- he got into an internal war against the former head of clan, Oda Nobutomo. He had to fight his own younger brother Oda Nobuyuki, who was backed up by his super-doting mom. Such things were normal those days. It is stupid to judge them using your neo-humanism today. Anyway, scroll down and click the word 'family' somewhere on this page, if you want to see Oda Nobunaga's riotous domestic life.

 

Kiyosu castle
Kiyosu castle up close.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi found his first love here.
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Nagoya castle
Nagoya castle, Oda Nobunaga's first base.
It was here that Oda Nobunaga was called 'Lord Fool'.

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In 1563 Oda Nobunaga built this Komaki castle. He liked the spot, that's why; on a flatland upon a hill, the castle was a good lookout place whenever there was a battle downhill. Around this area Toyotomi Hideyoshi fought Tokugawa Ieyasu after Oda Nobunaga's death, in a famous inconclusive war, ended with, however, peace -- until Toyotomi's own death. The war was a fake anyway: both Toyotomi and Tokugawa wanted to be the successor of Oda Nobunaga, but there was the usual problem -- Oda Nobuo, the second son, and Oda Nobutaka, the third son, were ahead of both of them in the line of succession. Tokugawa backed up Nobuo, General Shibata Katsuie (Oda Nobunaga's brother in-law) backed up Nobutaka. Toyotomi himself chose to plea the case of Oda Nobutada's son, Oda Hidenobu, who was only three years old when his daddy -- Nobunaga's eldest son -- died in the Akechi ambush in Kyoto. Toyotomi won this internal dispute. Predictably, none of Oda Nobunaga's heirs lived to rule. In time, it was Tokugawa Ieyasu who fought against Hideyoshi's heir, Toyotomi Hideyori, and his famous mom Lady Yodogimi. Tokugawa turned the beautiful Osaka castle to ashes and gained Japan.

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Nagoya 2005
Nagoya in 2005

 

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