Under the ODA foot
|IYEYASU had gained
TOTOMI in his alliance
with SHINGEN but in joining the ODA
block of the planned TAKEDA march
and supply line to SHOGUNAL, KYOTO, he
created the collision course with SHINGEN
at HAMAMATSU and the eventual TOKUGAWA
rise from his vassal’s fateful shot
through those syrupy tones of NODA
Castle’s hypnotic flute. See Shingen
After SHINGENs’ son, the impetuous KATSUYORI, died under hoof with the last ragged remnants of his father’s great clan, swinging his father’s great sword, the KAInoKUNI GO YOSHIHIRO, TOKUGAWA gained the rich TAKEDA spoils and spears.
and SHINANO bore SHINGEN’s
bountiful resources and the great TAKEDA
retainers - long held and loyal Samurai
families, established under SHINGEN’s
stable administration. These were added to
TOKUGAWA’s SURUGA, TOTOMI
and MIKAWA to become the “Five
Great Provinces” and new power belt across
central Japan. This and SHINGEN’s
“KAI-no-KUNI” GO YOSHIHIRO sword bannered
the TOKUGAWA achievement, body and
The Destiny of Star-Crossed Paths started with
walk to NAGAKUTE...
Forever the up-start - of low birth, HIDEYOSHI had snuck into ODA service with a fiction of name and trappings, purchased with stolen coin. His bravado fascinated NOBUNAGA, who favored him with loose reins and earned reward. Advancing quickly, to fief and family, he had distinguished himself with the ASAI and ASAKURA and was now NOBUNAGA’s right arm and fist, leading the whole of the efforts down the SANYODO, to the lands of the MORI...
HIDEYOSHI, laying the MORI SEIBATSU, or siege, at TAKAMATSU Castle in BITCHU, asked his Lord and leader, ODA NOBUNAGA, - who had set up a KYOTO residence at HONNO-JI - for re-enforcements. Dealing with the MORI was the "on-deck” focus for the very nearly completed ODA unification drive.
These were the shining warriors, the successful team, and all knew the long division, that had plagued the country, was finally at an end. The great mantel of power, and those who would have it, had been clearly decided.
|AKECHI MITSUHIDE got the
re-enforcement assignment - and so his
mustering of 30,000 was completely
Akechi brother, Mitsuharu reluctantly participated. He buried Oda's head. He ended up killing his own family and those of his brother before burning his castle at Sakamoto and Seppeku.
NOBUNAGA's Main Residence, AZUCHI on the shores of BIWA
Oda's Sa Tachi
- Had just finished
helping father, NOBUNAGA, TAKIGAWA KAZUMASU
and IYEYASU crush the last of the TAKEDA,
KATSUYORI at TEMMOKUZAN (see Kai-no-Kuni Go).
NOBUTADA lived at GIFU, MINO Province.
Waiting in his KYOTO residence at MYODO-JI on the 22nd of June, he expected word from his father, across town, to join HIDEYOSHI and the ODA push against the MORI (down BIZEN way). Hearing his father was attacked, he rushed to HONNO-JI only to find he was too late.
He went straight to NOBUNAGA’s NIJO Castle, housing Prince MASAHITO, and had his own son, SAMBOSHI (child name of ODA HIDENOBU) and the Prince escorted to safety, SAMBOSHI to KIYOSU.
He then fought a losing battle with AKECHI forces at NIJO and took his SEPPUKU there in the burning Castle.
|Of the several pursuers, HIDEYOSHI would track AKECHI down.
When the dust settled, the remaining ODA house, 2nd son, NOBUO and 3rd son, NOBUTAKA were pacified in their expected ambitions, by HIDEYOSHI and the council of the NOBUNAGA generals - including SHIBATA KATSUIYE.
The generals together invoked the old precedent of giving them the equal assignment of protecting an infant heir through minority - SAMBOSHI, son of NOBUNAGA’s first and eldest, NOBUTADA.
ODA NOBUNAGA |_____________________ ______________________ ________|___________ ______|__________ ________|___________ ODA NOBUTADA 1st Son ODA NOBUO 2nd Son ODA NOBUTAKA 3rd Son | ________|______________ SAMBOSHI (ODA HIDENOBU) ~Rightful Heir~
settled with his charge, SAMBOSHI at KIYOSU.
-NOBUTAKA took to departed brother, NOBUTADA’s now vacated GIFU, governing MINO.
"Protecting" the heir - brought the two sides - to war ...and SHIZUGATAKE