|A March to KOMAKI&Nagakute||
|Originally, NOBUNAGA had received the Emperor OGIMACHI’s unification directive. He had installed and later removed the last ASHIKAGA SHOGUN, YOSHIAKI and, at the head of his generals, brought a successful end to the SENGOKU ”100 Year Wars.” He was the power. With his assassination, the ODA machine had no head. Like the frayed end of a rope - with no knot - the individual generals had no leader.|
|Their council elected one
year old, SAMBOSHI, to NOBUNAGA’s empty
chair. This ancient precedent placated 2nd
and 3rd sons, NOBUO and NOBUTAKA to an
uneasy station, but they were not their
father and never had been.
NOBUO and NOBUTAKA had entertained their utter illusion of inheriting the head, and SHOGUNAL crown of all Japan, while the real powers, ODA right arm, HIDEYOSHI and TOKUGAWA of the “Five Provinces” bided time and played their hands.
SHIZUKATAKE saw the end of SHIBATA KATSUIYE and ODA NOBUTAKA in favor of 2nd son, NOBUO. Now, seeing the lay of the land, with HIDEYOSHI looming largest, NOBUO began courting IYEYASU.
The following year, 1584, all ODA generals and vassals were to gather at AZUCHI, NOBUNAGA’s creation and dream castle overlooking Lake BIWA, to bring SAMBOSHI their good wishes for the New Year’s SHO-GATSU festivities, - when HIDEYOSHI failed to show.
Azuchi - The Most Beautiful
|This blatant insult and
loud, trumpeting statement-of-intentions,
would bring new changes and urgency, and new
destiny, for the Big Game.
The greatest single power had challenged and NOBUO, who had been crawling under IYEYASU’s wing for some time, now called for support.
TOKUGAWA saw himself outnumbered, but this was his time. This was destiny. This was aligning himself with the rightful blood on one side, or with the rebel, there was no other course.
had the new support of the MORI, from his
work on the SANYODO, and could rely on MAEDA
TOSHIIYE and NIWA NAGAHIDE
(NIWA NAGAHIDE See
sword had built AZUCHI for NOBUNAGA
and had then been master at the arms
manufacturing center, SAWAYAMA, OMI -
KOTETSU’s family home,
See KOTETSU pdf. SAWAYAMA had then gone to another HIDEYOSHI supporter, HORI HIDEMASA).
HIDEYOSHI had given KAGA to TOSHIIYE and KATSUIYE’s ECHIZEN to the NIWA. He also had the support of UESUGI KAGEKATSU. This then giving him the SANYODO and most of the HOKURIKU and northern TOSANDO areas.
|Weaker side, IYEYASU, held the TOKAIDO and was
somewhat bolstered from his marriage into
the ODAWARA HOJO.
Regardless, this was fate. This would place his future. Loss could mean obscurity, but would likely only mean he rightfully supported the rightful ODA heir. A tie or a win was the same and the highest expectation, it would place him an equal with HIDEYOSHI from all views and hold his position far into the future.
HIDEYOSHI would have the unified power of Japan, or nothing. NOBUNAGA was gone and his empty seat would be claimed.
|NOBUO’s only hold on his
father’s power was the veneer of his last
name. He was NOBUNAGA’s second boy, a
ridiculous token and no more. The power was
a divvy between HIDEYOSHI and IYEYASU.
God of Good-fortune
|The two built palisades
opposite each other around several positions
near KOMAKI. The stalemate was broken by a
sneak attack planned by the HIDEYOSHI forces
on TOKUGAWA’s MIKAWA, but IYEYASU had heard
of it and slipped through the night to face
the rear of their guard having breakfast the
his sleep during the previous nights,
TOKUGAWA had had a dream wherein, the God
of Luck and Good Fortune rode at his side
marking a great victory with
|Wearing the new DAIKOKU ZUKIN, he
reviewed the 2500 heads of HIDEYOSHI’s
choicest troops and allied generals. His
complete victory at NAGAKUTE would bring a
protracted stall and complicated set of
HIDEYOSHI would have his expected governmental control from the hill top Castle at MOMOYAMA, his Golden Pavilion to rise at OSAKA and the China campaigns, all settled in the future before him.
TOKUGAWA, now enjoined in support - a nearly equal power, would remain the richest, most powerful DAIMYO and head of the KANTO “Five Provinces”, and await his coming SHOGUNAL triumph.
The Battle of Nagakute
negotiations following NAGAKUTE had one or
two small concessions for IYEYASU:
First, his prized “KAI-no-KUNI GO” YOSHIHIRO, TAKEDA SHINGEN’s famous HAITO ”personal sword” that had passed to his son, KATSUYORI and with which KATSUYORI had killed 11 on the day TAKIGAWA KAZUMASU’s army rode the last of the TAKEDA down near TEMMOKUZAN, the sword that had transferred as gift from NOBUNAGA and KAZUMASU to IYEYASU, would be forfeit. See Shingen
This beloved symbol of IYEYASU’s whole success and life’s work would be given over to HIDEYOSHI, and IYEYASU would also marry HIDEYOSHI’s sister.
would give IYEYASU another sword, but this
groveling of IYEYASU allowed face for
HIDEYOSHI and a new cycle of waiting and
While the two powers bartered position on the future of Japan, NOBUO earned his greatest stake by naming his father’s ICHIMONJI YOSHIFUSA, after a NAGAKUTE kill, the KOKUHO master-piece, OKADA-GIRI.
|The DAIKOKU ZUKIN became the
most important article of the TOKUGAWA
banner. Not only Crown, but symbol and charm
of the TOKUGAWA Family. DAIKOKU, God of Luck
and Good Fortune, was forever symbolized in
the TOKUGAWA DAIKOKU ZUKIN and it, forever
symbol of SHOGUNAL Japan.
When IYEYASU passed the SHOGUNATE to his son, a new DAIKOKU ZUKIN was made, as IYEYASU took his, and a new crown for the new SHOGUN would become the honored protocol for the next 250 years. All 15 generations created new DAIKOKU ZUKIN as Crown of Power.
Japan’s oldest families have certain traditions for the SHO-GATSU or New Years Festival. An article has been adopted by each family that symbolizes some great event or circumstance that played a special part in the history of that family. These articles are brought out and displayed on SHO-GATSU as a special part of the yearly festivities.
TOKUGAWA family symbol, displayed during
the SHO-GATSU celebration is the SHOGUNAL
“Crown”, the DAIKOKU ZUKIN. Displayed in
honor of the good luck, the God of Good
Fortune brought IYEYASU at the turning
point in the TOKUGAWA path. From the
dream, that led to his creation of the
KABUTO - for luck ...at the battle of