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85年、ロータリー交換留学生として初来日。1年間、札幌で過ごす。86年帰国。弱冠18歳にしてオーストラリアのラジオ局で、プロラジオDJデビューを果たし、活躍するものの、日本での生活が忘れられず、92年に再来日。93年からは、FMラジオ局のラジオDJとして、名古屋を中心に活躍中。テレビタレント、ナレーター、コラムニストとしての活動は多岐に渡る。近年は「外国人から見た日本」をテーマに講演活動を行い、好評を博している。

A long time Japanophile, Chris Glenn first came to Japan in 1985 as a Rotary Exchange Student. On his return to Australia in 1986, he commenced working as a radio DJ. In 1992 he returned to Japan, where he remained working in radio, TV and as a newspaper columnist and writer.

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The Battle Of Okehazama Was Fought On This Day, June 12, 1560.

2015.06.12 | カテゴリー : Samurai, 歴史スポット / HISTORY | 投稿者名 :


The Battle Of Okehazama Was Fought On This Day, June 12, 1560.

On the outskirts of Nagoya City, 2,500 samurai trounced an army of 25,000 in what became known
as the Battle of Okehazama. It was one of Oda Nobunaga’s finest victories, trouncing a fierce adversary
at odds of ten to one! Imagawa Yoshimoto, (1519-1560) a powerful warlord, based in what is now
Shizuoka Prefecture, had become powerful enough to make an attempt on the capital, Kyoto.
To do so required steamrolling across the provinces, one of which was held by the Oda clan under the
rule of its violent and charismatic leader, Oda Nobunaga. Imagawa took the vitally important Tokaido
main artery route, entering Nobunaga’s territory early June 1560, with an army estimated to have been
about 25,000 and camped just outside of modern day Nagoya in an area known as Dengaku-hazama,
near the village of Okehazama.



Nobunaga, on the other hand could only raise 2,500. He had left his castle at Kiyosu and traveled
via the Atsuta Shrine where he prayed for victory before arriving at the Zenshoji, a fortress like
temple overlooking the Imagawa forces camp site. Nobunaga ordered his men to set up war flags
and banners around the Zenshoji to make it look as though there was a much larger army in
residence. Undercover of a rainstorms he left the safety of the Zenshoji and made his way closer
to the enemy.

June 12, 1560 was a steaming hot day, interspersed with showers and thunderstorms.
That is when Nobunaga made his move. The Imagawa forces were celebrating their recent victories
over a number of smaller Oda held castles with sake and food. The smaller number of Oda troops,
familiar with their home territory turf, made their way down from the slopes and hills above Dengaku
-hazama, and using a thunderstorm to mask their movements, entered the small valley and struck
hard at the heart of the Imagawa camp.

Imagawa Yoshimoto was in his tent like war camp enclosure when he heard the first of the fighting.
Thinking it was a drunken brawl amongst his closest men, he left the camp to investigate, and was
surprised to see Oda troops bearing down on him. Imagawa fought off one attack by a spear wielding
Oda samurai, cutting through the spear thrust at him, and into the man’s leg. He was then tackled by
a second Oda samurai, who promptly took his head. Imagawa Yoshimoto was just 41 years old.
The battle raged for a short while afterwards, but with their leader having been dispatched early,
and all bar two of the senior officers killed, the remaining officers and men surrendered, and joined
the Oda faction. Nobunaga’s 2,500 troops had defeated an army of 25,000!
This was one of the most important turning points in Japanese history.
The battle signified the end of
the powerful Imagawa clan, while Nobunaga took the first steps towards ruling the nation before being assassinated in 1582. It also allowed the freedom of one of the Imagawa clan’s prized hostages, a man
who would eventually become shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu!



The battlefield is now a park, with a statue of Oda Nobunaga and Imagawa Yoshimoto near
where Imagawa is believed to have fallen. Much of the area has been overtakenby housing and
a local supermarket shopping center. The Oda route is well sign-posted in Japanese and English
and can be easily followed providing a better understanding and appreciation of the battle.
Other signposts also point out related historical spots to visit, including the 7 head mounds, where
enemy heads were mass buried, the nearby Chofukuji Temple, where many more heads were interred,
the Pine Tree of Military Planning, and the area where the battle was launched and fought.



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