Twists of Fate
KATSUIYE had placed his vassal, SAKUMA MORIMASA, his governor at OYAMA Castle, KATSUIYE’s KAGA Province, in the van at “SHIZUGATAKE”
succeeded in destroying NAKAGAWA KIYOHIDE
but, becoming drunk on the glory,
disobeyed KATSUIYE’s strategy to repair
for position and continued the field.
Suddenly, however, he faced the surprising
appearance of HIDEYOSHI - who had galloped
50 miles through the night to strike at
The ECHIZEN / KAGA forces under SAKUMA broke around noon and were chased across country to the door of KATSUIYE’s, KITAnoSHO manor. His wife, OICHI, NOBUNAGA’s sister, silenced the pleas of her husband to save herself and provided history with a proof and poignant prayer to a love everlasting...
SHIBATA KATSUIYE and OICHI
It is said, 'war is the last political card.' For Japan and NOBUNAGA, it was merely one in the deck, and in no special order... Sisters, daughters, mothers, wives. The bedroom - and heirs, were as effective as the sword, and used as often. NOBUNAGA’s other sister was married to TAKEDA KATSUYORI, - which served as much purpose as the life of the sister placed in ODANI Castle.
ODANI no KATA "The Lady of the Castle"
after being parted from KATSUIYE, her
first husband and true love, and given by
brother, NOBUNAGA to ASAI NAGAMASA as
cement for an alliance, becoming then the
Lady of the ASAI family’s OMI strong-hold,
ODANI Castle, 1568.
She was 22 and had a daughter the next year.
NAGAMASA, however, reverted again from the ODA camp, saving ASAKURA YOSHIKAGE and clan from the reproach of team, NOBUNAGA and IYEYASU, for YOSHIKAGEs’ stance against the ODA election of ASHIKAGA YOSHIAKI as SHOGUN.
then placed the ASAI on the losing bank
of the ANEGAWA River in 1570.
Emperor stepped in following
ANEGAWA, saving the ASAI and ASAKURA, with
a peace which would also allow NAGAMASA
enough time to produce two more daughters
at ODANI Castle.
|Fate gave them 10 years. Her sister’s husband,
TAKEDA KATSUYORI had been crushed with all his
clan, NOBUNAGA had been assassinated and
HIDEYOSHI now chased KATSUIYE’s beaten men
through the mountains from SHIZUGATAKE to the
very gate of their KITA-no-SHO manor. Here her
husband begged her to leave. But she had left
him already - once before.
Once before, she had left and spent 5 years with NAGAMASA making three daughters,
Shibata Katsuiye & Odani Kata
|Now, with her daughters on
one side and her husband on the other, she
had a choice. For KATSUIYE would fire his
castle and die within the hour.
The world and history - and her daughters would judge.
OICHI, The Lady of Odani, remanded her three daughters, including 14 year old CHA-CHA, the eldest, out into the care of HIDEYOSHI.
And stayed with her husband,
|Their children’s protector, HIDEYOSHI, would marry CHA-CHA and she would birth his only son, TOYOTOMI HIDEYORI. Where after, she was to receive YODO Castle in YAMASHIRO and would then be known as YODO-GIMI, mother of the TOYOTOMI heir.In time, HIDEYOSHI would give her sisters in marriage, the second to KYOGOKU TAKATSUGU and the third to IYEYASUs’ son, HIDETADA, herself bearing the future SHOGUN, IYEMITSU in the same year that IYEYASU took the SHOGUNATE, 1603.