Thursday, September 29, 2016

Chacha

Sengoku era was so tempestuous,chaotic,turbulent period. Daimyo,feudal lords tried every means to survive this kill-or be killed age. Sometimes they join hands with each other,on the other hand,betrayals also occured frequently.
And women didn't have a choice as to who they would marry.
Marriage was used as a political tool in this era.

Chacha's mother,Ichi,married twice.
Ichi's first husband was Asai (Chacha's father).
This marriage was so political,because Nobunaga,Ichi's brother, forced Ichi to marry with Asai,because he wanted to ally with Asai family.
At first,the relationship between Nobunaga and Asai was amicable.
But this amicable relation didn't last long.
Nobunaga attacked Asai,and destroyed them (in 1573).

Luckily Ichi and her daughter Chacha were helped by Nobunaga's retainer.

Ichi's second husband was Shibata,one of the closest retainer of Nobunaga. They married in 1582.
But unfortunately,Shibata was defeated by Hideyoshi at war in 1583. Shibata and Ichi died by harakiri unfortunately.

Luckily Chacha was helped by Hideyoshi.He didn't kill Chacha,maybe because she was only a little girl.
Hideyoshi made Chacha his concubine.

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Wishing you'll have a great day.





Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sanada Nobushige

 
Sanada Nobushige
 
This is true story,not fiction.
He was born (in 1567) and raised in Ueda,Nagano prefecture.He is second son of Sanada Masayuki.
His elder brother is Nobuyuki.
First,he and his family served Oda Nobunaga.
But in 1582,Nobunaga was assassinated by his disloyal retainer,Akechi Mitsuhide,at Hon-nou-ji Temple. It was surprise attack in midnight.
This incident is called "Honnouji no Hen",very famous incident in Japanese history.
Nobushige and his family lost their Lord.
After the death of Nobunaga,the next coming man was Hideyoshi,the closest retainer of Nobunaga.
After that incident,luckily Nobushige became horse guard of Hideyoshi.
 
To be continued...


Saturday, May 28, 2016

The tea ceremony in Sengoku era

 Chano-yu ceremony was used as the way of leading many retainers,subordinates, by the Lord in Sengoku period. (I mistook the word "lord" in last time post.I'm sorry.)
The Lord Nobunaga was the collector of many precious tea utensils.
When his retainers did the good job,(for example,win the war) he gave his precious tea utensils to the retainers as rewards.
Such rewards as precious tea utensils were used for boosting the motivation of retainers.They were used for increasing the mood of subordinates.
Gradually,tea ceremony became the status symbol for samurai.They show off their status power by opening the tea ceremony.(Tea ceremony was permitted only distinguished retainers in Nobunaga era.)

Tea ceremony was also the only place where samurai had relaxing,pleasant time,after they had appalling wars.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Tenkawa Village

 
 
I visited Tenkawa Village,located in the middle of Nara today.
Spiritual place,because there is a pilgrimage route here.
The temperature is cool here,even in midsummer.
On the way,I met white sacred horse.
I think it's a good luck sign.
 

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My next update is May 28.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Rikyu and Hideyoshi

On Sunday,I'm watching "Sanada-maru",historical TV show. (NHK)
Rikyu,master of a tea ceremony,is one of the supporting character on this TV show.
He served Lord Hideyoshi,as a close advisor.
Rikyu pursued "Wabi-Sabi",which means simplicity,calmness,modesty.
But his Lord Hideyoshi was showy man,he didn't like Rikyu's style.
There is a feud between Rikyu and Hideyoshi,
And finally,Hideyoshi ordered Rikyu hara-kiri.(Rikyu died in 1591.)

This is a famous historical incident in Japan.
Rikyu was so influencial man,so he was always a menace for Lord Hideyoshi.

I'm not sure if I can see this story on Sanada-maru.
I'm looking for watching it on this Sunday.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Ginger tea

I have been bad cold since the end of last month. (I had head ache,soar throat,heavy cough)
But today I feel better.
I tried "ginger tea" for four days.
I made tea,and put ginger into it.(a spoonful of ginger,grated)
I tried it three times a day,and continue drinking for four days.
To my surprise,sweat is pouring out so much!
I heard that ginger has the power to make our blood flow freely,and warm our body from the inside.
Anyway,ginger helped me recovering from bad cold.
I don't like relying on only medicine too much.
One of the reason is "Antimicrobial resistance" problem.
(Please check this site.)

I want to improve my immune system. Ginger is one of the very helpful food for that.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Apricot flowers in Yakushi-ji Temple,Nara (March,2016)

At the beginning of March,Apricot flowers are at their best in Yakushi-ji Temple.
I visited there yesterday.
The air was filled with sweet,wonderful smells of flowers.
We can enjoy seasonal flowers in this temple.
In April,we can see beautiful sakura flowers here,as you know.
 
 And you can see my memorable post in 2012 from here.
Adriana,my friend in Romania,came all the way here in Nara!
We visited this temple and Horyuji-Temple together.
It was sakura season in April,my wonderful memory :)