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Oda Nobunaga's COLLEXION OF TRINKETS had political significance, that's why Toyotomi Hideyoshi imitated it
during his reign between 1582-1599. Click here for complete story about the collexion's sociopolitical value.

 

About Oda Nobunaga

These are the musical instruments that were used in the Oda banquets. Oda Nobunaga lived in the 'warring-states period' of Japanese history, so non-martial arts were rather stuck somewhere around the bottom of the priorities.

Click here to see Oda Nobunaga's dance to his favorite song.


A battle conch. In his first great battle, when he was 21 years old, Oda Nobunaga only commanded two or three thousands of people, but at the height of his power he got tens of thousands of soldiers. But that was not his first battle, period; Oda Nobunaga went to war for the first time when he was only 7 years old.

Click here to see what happened early morning that day.


 

Real armors Oda Nobunaga and his men used to don in battle. His best Generals were Toyotomi Hideyoshi (who would be his successor), Shibata Katsuie (who married his sister), Niwa Nagahide, Takigawa Kazumasu, and Akechi Mitsuhide -- the latter rebelled and caused Oda's death at 49 (click here for story and pictures of Akechi Mitsuhide). Having Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu of Mikawa as his ally, Oda conquered territories formerly belonging to the clans of Saito, Imagawa, Miyoshi, Matsunaga, Asakura, Asai, Sasaki, Takeda, and the lands of the warrior-monks of Hiei (click here for stories and pictures of those warlords that Oda defeated). Toyotomi completed the conquest by winning the realms of the Mori clan and more of others'. After Toyotomi's death (a natural death, this) in late 1600's, Tokugawa took over control of all Japan and his own clan was in power until mid-1800's -- that's the firm reign of the Tokugawa Shoguns. Click here fpr story and pictures of the Tokugawas.

 

Oda Nobunaga's bow and arrows

Oda Nobunaga was a fine rider
and excellent archer.
These are what he shot with.

A true horse-loving man's legacy: Oda's saddles are made of the best of leather and richly gilded. Oda Nobunaga's horses got immortalized, too, in real history of Japan; there was his first mount and favorite Uzuki, then Tsukinowake. When Uzuki got old, he wanted Nowake that belonged to Hirate Gorozaemon, a soldier under his command, but the owner didn't want to part with the much-prized horse. Oda didn't force him to yield the horse -- he merely got mad and never talked to Gorozaemon again -- while Gorozaemon's indignation was just as great and he didn't come to Oda's court anymore after the incident. Gorozaemon's father, Hirate Masahide, one of Oda's oldest advisors, committed seppuku (samurai suicide of honor) as a way to warn his own son about serving Oda as best as he could in any way, and a warning to Oda not to abuse the power he had. Oda took the warning to heart, Hirate Masahide's death.

Click here for story and pictures of the 'weird' Oda Nobunaga that drove Hirate to suicide -- Oda was called 'Lord Fool' those days.

 

Ota village

Today you can see Oda Nobunaga's horse being immortalized this way at the Ota village, Tsurugi, where the very first man that went around by the name 'Oda' -- Chikazane -- took refuge from the Minamoto 'clan-cleansing' that surely threatened his life as a Taira.

Click here to see the village today.

Or click here for story and pictures of Oda Nobunaga's ancestors.

 

Oda Nobunaga's ninja devices

Oda Nobunaga's ninjas like Watanabe Ken and Kyutaro used devices like these on duty. Oda Nobunaga and ninjas actually never went along so well. Tokugawa Ieyasu loved ninjas; he employed, so to speak, a whole army of them all his life (click here for the most famous Tokugawa ninja). Oda never trusted ninjas, for obvious reasons. If not because of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's persuasion, he wouldn't have given them any credit. One of Oda's campaigns was specially for crushing down the Iga clan, whose members were virtually all ninjas. The thing added to the reasons of other clans' ninjas to assassinate Oda Nobunaga -- though none of them succeeded. Click here for story and pictures of Oda's men.

 

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