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The Nobunaga Wall at Atsuta / 信長塀（のぶながべい）
The second most holy shrine after the Great Shrine of Ise, is Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya City’s
Atsuta Ward. There is a special wall that once surrounded the entire shrine complex, and is counted
as one of three most important Otsuchi Walls, along with that of the Sanjusangen-do of Kyoto, and
the Hyogo Nishinomiya Shrine.The reason this wall is so important, is that it was built by the Warring
States General, Oda Nobunaga,and is remembered as the “Nobunaga Wall”.
Nobunaga visited the Great Shrine of Atsuta to pray for victory in the Battle of Okehazama (1560)
He left Kiyosu Castle with just 2,500 samurai to do battle with the 35,000 troops of Imagawa Yoshimoto.
Despite the overwhelming odds, the Nobunaga army claimed a brilliant victory. In gratitude for having
been granted victory, the warlord dedicated the “Nobunaga Wall”. The wall itself is constructed of a cement
made from lime and dirt mixed with oil, and layered between kawara roofing tiles.
Very little of the original wall remains, as much of it was destroyed during wartime air raids.
The remaining lengths can be found just south of the main shrine. Like the shrine, it remains an
important piece of Japan’s history.
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