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Fūrin Kazan 50 Kessen Kawanakajima (A Decisive Battle at Kawanakajima) - 2

At that moment, NAOE Sanetsuna makes his horse run and approaches Kansuke. Kansuke who tries to kill Masatora takes a toss and his helmet falls off from his head. He still keeps on fighting despite being covered all over with wounds. He also sees Masatora on white horse far away and he cannot approach him any more. Though he tries to approach him, he makes his horse run to the headquarter.

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Despite being wounded, Kansuke (Seiyō Uchino, centre) continues fighting

A soldier of the Uesugi Army watches for a chance of killing him. It is Heizō. Kansuke recognises him and tries to hand his Malici to him saying kill and behead himself. However Heizō is shot by an arrow and falls down. Though he loses his eye-patch but he can see the flag of Sun Tzu's words clearly. He remembers that he told Shigen, who was called Harunobu then to control both the Sea of Japan and the pacific ocean. Kansuke who still sticks to fighting sees the flags of six coins then. The detached force includes the troop of SANADA Yukitaka arrives at Hachimanpara.
"My Lord, you win the battle."
Immediately after the arrival of the force, some enemy soldiers approach him saying "The time has come to die". And they kill and behead him.

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Kansuke sees the flag with the words of Sun Tzu but is beheaded soon after

Meanwhile, O-Kuma searches for the disapperaed Malici of Ritsu. Then Ritsu comes home with some eggplants and finds her Malici goes onto a verandah somehow. She realises something happened to Kansuke and weeps. At last the situation is advantageous to Masatora in the morning but the Takeda Army controls it in the afternoon though the battle is not settled. Besides many soldiers of both armies die or are wounded. At Masatora's headquarter in Zenkōji Temple, he says that the heads they took will be identified at Mt. Motodori. Sanetsuna tells him that it's their win but he says the war will continue and this troublesome time is just like one night dream.

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Takeda Shingen (ICHIKAWA Kamejirō, second from the right) sees the dead body of his younger brother Nobushige

Against their expectations, the heads of Nobishige and Torasada are taken back to Shingen's headquarter. He sheds tears ovdr the death of Nobushige who agreed with his idea and appreciated him when he decided to exile his father Nobutora. At that moment, KOMAI Masatake finds somebody who runs to them from far away. It is Denbée who carries the headless body of Kansuke on his back.
"Here comes Yamamoto Kansuke!"
And Takichi returns to them with his head. He swears that the head is that of Kansuke himself. BABA Nobuharu who hears his words says there is no doubt because his face is so characteristic. Takichi joins his head with smile and his body together. Then Shingen and his vassals give a shout of victory.

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Shingen and his vassals surround the dead body of Kansuke

Around 4 p.m., Shingen and his army retreat Hachimanpara and in Echigo, Hisa prepares meals and separates that for Heizō from theirs. At the same time, Heizō walks leaning on a spear and mutters to himself that he wants no more war and hopes to return to Echigo early. In the battlefield, may farmers who remove the armours , swords and spears of dead soldiers to sell them. O-Fuku is included in them and sees Heizō walking hopelessly. He walks so slowly and seems to take time to arrive in Echigo but he heads for his home saying he will not die.

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Heizō (Ryūta Satō) is wounded but heads for Echigo  

After that, OBU Toramasa was involved in a rebellion and committed hara-kiri and Yoshinobu was disinherited in 1565. Shingen shut him up in Tōkōji Temple and he died in 1567. In 1570, his mother Sanjō Fujin died of illness. In 1573, Shingen died at the age of 53 and his death was kept secret for three years. His heir Katsuyori fought against the allied force of ODA Nobunaga and TOKUGAWA Ieyasu and was defeated at the Battle of Nagashino in 1575. Baba Nobuharu and YAMAGATA Masakage (Obu Masakage) fell in the battle. And in 1582, Katsuyori was cornered by Nobunaga and committes suicide after the Battle of Tenmokuzan and the Takeda clan as Sengoku daimyo was destroyed but the family line survived.

The images are from the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan".

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Fūrin Kazan 50 Kessen Kawanakajima (A Decisive Battle at Kawanakajima) - 1

According to "Kitsutsuki Senpō" (Operation Woodpecker), TAKEDA Shingen sends detached forces to Mt. Saijo where UESUGI Masatora is based to attack his army and make it climb down the mountain to a plain called Hachimanpara. Howevder the army has already climbed down and Masatora adopts a formation called Kurumagakari-no-jin, that is disadvantageous to the Takeda Army. Both Nobushige and MOROZUMI Torasada attack their enemy to gain time and are killed. Kansuke accepts his failure and remembers that Ōi-Fujin told him that he is a sad man by nature because he said if Buddha appears now, he will take up arms also.

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Sanjō Fujin (Chizuru Ikewaki) visits Sekisuiji Temple where O-Goto hime stays

Kansuke tells Shingen that the detached force will come but Shingen says,
"Not only protect, but win also."
Kansuke decides to go to the front also and asks Yoshinobu to be with Shingen and KOMAI Masatake to protect them. At that time Sanjō Fujin visits O-Goto hime and she hopes to be flown by the wind like a cloud and says both Shingen and Kansuke thinks it's their duty to raise the winds.

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Uesugi Masatora (Gackt) in a Western-style armour enjoys a cup of sake before the battle

At the headquarter of Masatora, USAMI Sadamitsu advises him to retreat because the detached force of Shingen will approach them soon. However Masatora says he can kill and behead Shingen unless the Takeda Army retreats and makes the attack saying,
"I release the world from the bad dreams of invasion!"
At that time, Momo hime and her son Unomatsu prays for his win. And Kansuke is informed by a Mukade Shu the advance of Masatora's soldiers advance so he orders him to tell it to Shingen. Then he makes Denbée and Takichi command soldiers and intends to invade a place.

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Kansuke (Seiyō Uchino) decides to go to the front

Then Yoshinobu approaches him and says it's him who invades a place. Kansuke admonishes him that he is an heir of Harunobu and his life is more important for the Takeda clan than his own. So Yoshinobu returns to the headquarter and Kansuke asks him to take care of Katsuyori (*). He remembers the words of AMARI Torayasu, "You should know what you gain and what you lose" and those of ITAGAKI Nobukata, "Be a real strategist and support Harunobu (Shingen)". When he is about to run his horse, something that seems to be an illusion of Yu-u hime stops him and he realises that she tries to stop him not Katsuyori. He shouts he is still alive and never die until Shingen governs Japan.

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Usami Sadamitsu (Ken Ogata) orders Kansuke to return to the headquarter of Shingen

The troop of SANADA Yukitaka climbs down Mt. Saijo and comes near Chikuma River but Yukitaka sees the troop of MURAKAMI Yoshikiyo on the other side. Then they fight each other in the river. And at Hachimanpara, Sadamitsu tells Masatora's vassals to protect the headquarter and orders Kansuke who fights bravely near the headquarter to return.
"For what do you fight? You go so far as to destroy our province! "
At that moment, Masatora runs his horse to the headquarter of Harunobu. The action surprise the soldiers and both Sadamitsu and Kansuke make way for him unexpectedly.

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Sanada Yukitaka (Kuranosuke Sasaki, right) and his troop climb down Mt. Saijo

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and sees Murakami Yoshikiyo (Toshiyuki Nagashima) on the other side of Chikuma River

Immediately after, Kansuke chases him. Masatora attacks Shingen who is alone at his headquarter and tries to slash at him. But Shingen keeps calm and stops the blows from his sword with gunbai (fan). As the soldiers return and one of them spears Masatora's horse, he returns to his headquarter. Shingen shows them his fan and says that he stop three blows but there are seven scars on his fan and says Masatora really is the Dragon of Echigo (**). And Kansuke still fights near his enemy's headquarter and the words of Sadamitsu crosses his mind. Kansuke answers him that he fights for whom he loves in the spirit.

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Masatora tries to slash at Takeda shingen,

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but Shingen (ICHIKAWA Kamejirō) stops the blow with his gunbai

(*) Prpbably he decides to die in the battle.
(**) This is a well-known episode in the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima.

The images are form the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan".

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Fūrin Kazan 49 Shitō Kawanakajima (The Deaths in the Battle of Kawanakajima)

 On the 9th of September in 1561, the Uesugi Army in Mt. Saijo confronts the Takeda Army in Kaizu Castle. On the day, Kansuke sees falling rain and likens his life to war. He plans to divide the army into two and send one of them to Mt. Saijo to drive the Uesugi Army out to intercept them at Kawanakajima. But O-Fuku, the mysterious old woman who takes care of HARA Toratane goes to Mt. Saijo. She tells USAMI Sadamitsu that Kawanakajima will be covered with a thick fog in exchange for the money whose amount is higher that that of Kansuke. And Kansuke insists that they should go to the front early to avoid the thick fog in the morning and depart for there at unokoku, 6:00 am. On the other hand, Sadamitsu proposes his plan to Masatora that they should climb down Mt. Saijo to baffle their enemy's design.
 
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Usami Sadamitsu (Ken Ogata) proposes his plan to Masatora that they should climb down Mt. Saijo

He advises to leave their flags and bale fires to deceive Shingen's vassals. Beside they see the amount of smoke come from cooking is unusually large. They realises the Takeda army will depart for Kawanakajima soon because it means Shingen's soldiers dine to prepare for the battle. The troops of OBU, BABA, KŌSAKA, SANADA and AIKI are ordered to depart for Mt. Saijo. After that an entire army have a meal and Kansuke talks with SANADA Yukitaka and AIKI Ichibei during eating. All of them were the enemies of Shingen before but their destinies were changed by him. As he join the detached force, Yukitaka says there is a possibility that they cannot meet again. And Ichibei says he becomes spirited for the first time since the battle of Unnokuchi Castle.

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The troop of OBU Toramasa (Akio Kaneda) departs for Mt. Saijo

Shingen and Nobushige dine together and he tells his younger brother not to call him my lord but brother today. Nobushige says that he admonished his son Nobutoyo that he should not betray Shingen but he hopes that the world will be peaceful and such admonition will be unnecessary. Then Shingen tells him to survive to realise it. And he hands Nobushige the robe of O- Fujin on which dharani (*) written by himself and tells his brother that it will protect him at critical moment. The detatched force depart for Mt. Saijo at midnight and the mountain becomes to be covered by the thick fog.

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Shinome (Misa Shimizu) feels uneasy but trusts her husband Yukitaka

However the force find that their scouts are killed there. And Yukitaka suspects that no one of the Uesugi Army is there. At that moment, Shinome feels uneasy but all she can do is trusting her husband and tells Hazuki it is the battle of woman. The Uesugi Army march to Chikuma River (**) and the main body of the Takeda Army departs for Kawanakajima. Then they use kakuyoku-no-jin, the formation that encloses the enemy but Masatora and his army has never appeared yet. Kansuke says they may be delayed because of the fog but Shingen tells him that it doesn't profit his side only.

 風林火山49敵に欺かれた勘助
Kansuke (Seiyō Uchino, right) realises that his plan ends in failure

Then one of the Mukade-shu informs that some horsemen appear far away. They are Masatora's men and use kurumagakari-no-jin, the formation that attacks enemy that is disadvantageous for Shingen. The detached force learn that Mt. Saijo is quite empty and it needs to gain time until they reach Kawanakajima. Kansuke acknowledges his failure but Shingen says to him to keep calm. He remembers "Be a real strategist", the words of ITAGAKI Nobukata, and protect the headquarter with musketeers but the soldiers become confused.

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Takeda Nobushige (Noritoshi Kashima, centre) who carries a horo on his back tells Shingen (ICHIKAWA Kamejirō, left) that he goes to the front

Nobushige sallies out with his soldiers to gain time. Though he carries horo on his back but he takes off it on his way to Masatora's headquarter. He orders KASUGA Gennojō, one of his vassals to hand it to Nobutoyo (***). He says he has does not regret losing his life but being taken the horo. Nobushige then advances and crosses swords and spears with the soldiers of Masatora and MOROZUMI Torasada catches up with him. Nobushige is finally killed by KAKIZAKI Kageie and Torasada is killed by the Uesugi Army also. Their deaths are informed to Shingen soon.
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Kakizaki Kageie (Ken-ichi Kaneda, left) puts an end to Nobushige's life

(*) A kind of Buddhist sutrausually chanted in Sanskrit.
(**) RAI Sanyō, a scholar in Edo period made a poem based on the scene.
(***) It is said that Nobutoyo participated in the Battle of Nagashino carrying the horo on his back.

The images are from the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan".

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Fūrin Kazan 48 Iza Kawanakajima (It's Time for the Battle of Kawanakajima)

On the 16th of August in 1561, UESUGI Masatora, who changed his name from NAGAO Kagetora takes up arms. In Kōfu, some of the vassals of TAKEDA Shingen advise him to prepare for the battle but he takes a wait-and-see situation because haste makes waste. And his son Yoshinobu reminds Kansuke to protect Kaizu Castle then he answers him that Masatora never attcks the castle. Besides taking the castle cannot lure Shingen toward  him and it's the last way Masatora will adopt.

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Uesugi Masatora (Gackt, centre) draws a sword and motivates his soldiers

Masatora's vassals also say that they can take Kaizu Castle but Masatora emphasises that he does not like to torture Harunobu and his army. He plans to march from Hachimanpara to Mt. Saijo via Chikuma River. Naoe Sanetsuna feels unsafe with it but USAMI Sadamitsu says that Shingen will not attack them on the march but in direct opposition. Their march is seen by KŌSAKA (KASUGA) Toratsuna who stays in Kaizu Castle.

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Takeda Shingen (ICHIKAWA Kamejirō, left) tells his wife Sanjō Fujin (Chizuru Ikewaki) that he has given her anxiety in the room of Fudō Myo-ō.
 
Shingen who is informed that Masatora was based in Mt. Saijo. He orders Toratsuna to take up arms. Yoshinobu who participates in the battle remembers that his moriyaku OBU Toramasa taught him what is Fudō Myo-ō (Acalanatha) in his childhood. Sanjō Fujin worries about his son and enters the room of Fudo Myo-ō and sits by her husband. Shingen tells her that he has given her anxiety until now. Then she asks him to win the battle if he thinks so. 25 years has passed since their marriage.

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Kansuke (Seiyō Uchino, centre) and his followers are sent off by the women including Ritsu (Aki Maeda, third from the right) and O-Kuma (Aoi Asada, far right)

Kansuke trains his skill of spearmanship in preparation for the battle. At that moment, he is called "Father", not "Darling" by Ritsu for the first time. She declares that she will marry Toratsuna and take the charge during his absence. And then, Kansuke and his followers are sent off by the women including Ritsu and O-Kuma. On the 18th of August, Kansuke visits the tomb of Yu-u hime and tells his dead mistress that Katsuyori will participate in his first battle. Then light shines and the illusion of Yu-u hime appears. She tells him in a sad voice,
"Kansuke, you should not do that."
After that Katsuyori visits his mother's tomb accompanied by AKIYAMA Nobutomo but Kansuke proposes to him that he should enter Takashima Castle in Suwa for logistics support. Though Katsuyori is dissatisfied with it, Kansuke tells him that Shingen ordered so.

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Kansuke visits the tomb of Yu-u hime

At the headquarter of Shingen in Ueda, Shinano, he appreciates the method Kansuke took. After he goes out of the room, Shingen asks KOMAI Masatake whether he is frightened or not and Masatake says that he intends to devote himself to Harunobu. Shingen admires Masatake who has served him for long years and tells him that she should live long. After that the troops of the rulers in Shinano join the Takeda Army. On the 24th of August, the army is based on Amenomiya to cut off the retreat of the Uesugi Army. Both Shingen and Masatora think that haste makes waste. The Uesugi Army still stay in the headquarters of Mt. Saijo but some soldiers steal food to supply their provisions.

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AIKI Ichibei (Yoshimasa Kondō, centre) informs Shingen that HARA Toratane is alive

On the 29th of August, Shingen and his army enter Kaizu Castle. KAKIZAKI Kageie proposes attacking the castle but is persuaded that it means playing into the enemy's hands. At Kaizu Castle, Shingen orders Kansuke and BABA Nobuharu to form a scheme though they oftern disagree in opinion. At that time, AIKI Ichibei informs them HARA Toratane, who became missing after the attack on Warigatake Castle is alive. Kansuke visits him in a farmhouse and in the entrance he finds a helmet of Toratane. Then he sees him wounded and lies down in the house. He is looked after by a mysterious old woman called O-Fuku. She asks him for money whenever Kansuke asks her something. At last he asks her when Kawanakajima will be covered with a thick for. O-Fuku who sees the clouds and says it's tomorrow.

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Kansuke (right) meets Hara Toratane (Kai Shishido) who is wounded

I'm sorry that I could not find a map concerning the battle in English as public domain. If you are interested in the battle and Kawanakajima, please search the images using keywords such as "Kawanakajima map".

The images are from the DVD series "Fūrin Kazan".


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Fūrin Kazan 47 Kessen Zenya (On the Eve of a Decisive Battle)

UESUGI Masatora is angry with NARITA Nagayasu who sees his parade after succeeding the position of Kanto Kanrei from his horsebeck. Then Masatora forces him get off from the horse and hits him. As a result, Nagayasu withdraws troops from the headquarter of Masatora with other rulers though his wife Ise still remains there as hostage.

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Ise (Haruka Igawa, left) makes a bow to Masatora (Gackt) but blames him

Masatora says that he was rude to him and Ise but she says that she will suffer for her husband's betray but won't pay for his impoliteness. She declares that his ancestor exchange salutes with Minamoto-no Yoshiie (*) from his horseback and other rulers didn't betray Masatora but abandoned him. Besides she blames him why Kagetora who venerates Vaisravana doesn't understand other people's feelings and "Heaven's judgement" he says is nothing but his self-conceit.

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Hara Toratane (Kai Shishido, right) who is wounded becomes missing

Masatora stops Kakizaki Kageie who tries to slash her and receives her words as a valuable lesson to him. Then he learns that TAKEDA Harunobu takes up arms and retreats to Echigo. He sends Ise to Oshi Castle to stop Nagayasu from supporting the Hojo clan by gaining his gratitude. In May 1561, Warigatake Castle falls but Hara Toratane who is wounded becomes unknown. and Denbée is given three handfuls of gold nuggets as a reward for having incited betrayers during the attack.

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The gold nuggets given to Denbée

At Odawara castle, Hojo Ujiyasu treats his vassals to sake and grilled seafood to celebrate the retreat of Masatora. SHIMIZU Yoshimasa appreciates the attack of Harunobu but Ujiyasu tells him that he will be his enemy someday. Then he sees a grilled clam and says.
"The kai is hard to surrrender us, he is foxy man." (**)
At the same time. SANADA Yukitaka talks about the battle at Kawanakajima is coming again. he says that Harunobu cannnot beat Masatora by stratagem. Then KAWAHARA Takamasa appears and tells him about the death of NAGANO Narimasa.

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A party is held at Odawara Castle after the retreat of Masatora

Kansuke introduces Ritsu to KASUGA Toratsuna and he is pleased with Ritsu. But he is not keen to succeed Kansuke. Then he advises Toratsuna if they have some sons, one of them can revive the family.  In Echigo, Masatora teaches his nephew Unomatsu (later Kagekatsu) calligraphy. Momo hime who sees it thinks that he has changed. Masatora says that he knows how to express affection.

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Heizō (Ryūta Satō, centre) tells his family that he participates in the battle at Kawanakajima

Heizō comes home and make his family prepare for the battle. Hisa persuades him that he should return again. On the 14th of August, Masatora and his army departs for Kawanakajima but only Heizō looks depressed. It is signaled to Harunobu by beacon and he gathers his vassals to hold a council of war. He asks Kansuke whether Toratsuna can hold Kaizu Castle or not.
"The castle never falls, sir,"says he.  

(*) A samurai from Minamoto clan who suppressed eastern Japan in the 11th century.
(**) It's a play in words. The word kai means the province ruled Harunobu and a Japanese word that means shell or shellfish. And the word "foxy" is expressed "kuenai" in Japanese and the word also means "unsavory". Ujiyasu attempts to say that Harunobu of Kai is foxy and he is like a shellfish that is unsavory.

The images are from the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan".

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Fūrin Kazan 46 Kantō Shuppei (Kagetora Attempts to Conquer Kantō Region)

Shirō celebrates his genpuku and calls himself SUWA Katsuyori. And in Echigo, it has been decided that NAGAO Kagetora takes over the head of the Uesugi clan and has engaged in the duty of Kantō Kanrei. Because of that, he should conquer Kantō region and attacks on the Hojo clan. Then TAKEDA Harunobu has to stop him from controlling the rulers in Shinano and then he prepares for constructing a new castle around Kawanakajima for the battle against Kagetora. Kansuke talks about how to construct the castle with KASUGA Toratsuna who is adopted by Kōsaka Chikuzennokami. The castle is to be kept by Toratsuna himself and there is a possibility that Shirō will join the battle.

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Shirō (Sōsuke Ikematsu) celebrates his genpuku and calls himself Katsuyori

However, Harunobu should consider who will succeed him if this battle drags on. Most of his victories owe to the stratagem of Kansuke but there is a possibility that Harunobu will ruin himself by it, on the contrary. And on the 29th of August 1560, Kagetora invades Kantō region and occupies Mayahashi Castle. Then HŌJŌ Ujiyasu who attacks Kururi Castle in the central part of current Chiba retreats to Matsuyama Castle in Musashi, current Tokyo, Saitama and a part of Kanagawa.

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Hōjō Ujiyasu (Makoto Matsui, centre) decides to retreat from Kururi Castle

Many rulers of Kantō region gathers Mayahashi Castle and NAGANO Narimasa, right-hand man of Norimasa is among them. Norimasa appreciates the pain he has taken but Kagetora says that his lord is not Norimasa but him now. Narimasa is pointed out his pale complexion but he patches things up that it's the complexion of Hōjō Ujiyasu who is upset by the sudden attack of the Uesugi Army (*). Ujiyasu says that he will not fight daringly but the Uesugi Army is still threatened by them. Though Norimasa decides to transfer the headship of his clan to Kagetora, they are quite different from in their ways of thinking. And Ujiyasu plans to move to Odawara Castle.

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Kasuga Toratsuna (Kōtarō Tanaka, left) and Kansuke (Seiyō Uchino) at Kaizu Castle

The construction of Kaizu Castle is finished. Kansuke says it is indispensable to win against Kagetora. Toratsuna asks Kansuke to teach him more about castle construction but he asks him how old he is. Toratsuna says he's 34 years old. Then kansuke asks him why he is unmarried but he answers that he imitates Kansuke who is single also.

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Nagao Kagetora (Gackt, centre) decides to make Ise (Haruka Igawa, left) a hostage

On the New Year Day of 1561, Kagetora still stays at Mayahashi Castle with his army. USAMI Sadamitsu asks Heizō, who becomes his direct vassal how he thinks of Kagetora. Heizo says he's like a god of war but Sadamitsu tells him that he is just a human and he will be be arrogant if he has a power. After that Kagetora goes to Oshi Castle (**) in Musashi and orders NARITA Nagayasu, lord of the castle to lead the van for him. Then Ise, wife of Nagayasu appears. She comes fromKyoto and on her way to Musashi, she could not see Mt. fuji because of strong wind. Kagetora tells Nagayasu to make her his hostage and promises that he will show her Mt. Fuji.

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Denbee (Yoshiki Arizono, right) and Hazuki (Juri Manase) participate in the attack on the Warigatake castle

However, he cannot take Odawara Castle in three days as he planned as the castle is strong. Besides Ujiyasu orders his supporters block the route to supply the headquarter of  Kagetora. So Ujiyasu can turn the tables on Kagetora the more the siege is prolonged. On the other hand, Shingen plans to take Warigatake Castle in northern Shinano to sway Kagetora emotionally because it's hard for his ally IMAGAWA Ujizane to dispatch troops. During the attack, Hazuki tells Denbée that she will cause the lord surrender while they hug each other. Then Denbée asks her to marry him after the battle.

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Kagetora drinks sake surrounded by the arrows shot at him in Odawara Castle

Odawara Castle never falls and Kagetora says that it is supposed that gods and Buddha bless him. But Ise says she cannot believe gods and Buddha who back up those who fight a war. Kagetora hears it and takes a bottle of Sake and a cup and enters Odawara Castle by himself. Then he drinks it magnificently despite the arrow and musket balls shot at him (***). Ujiyasu who sees the scene and says,
"How fearless our enemy is!"

風林火山46家督相続
Kagetora (right) succeeds Uesugo Norimasa (ICHIKAWA Sadanji, right) at Tsurugaoka Shrine and changes his name Masatora

On the 16th of leap March (****) in 1561, Kagertora takes over the head of the Uesugi clan at Tsurugaoka Shrine in Kamakura. Many rulers of Kanto region welcome him along the road and Narita Nagayasu who is in full dress and rides on a horse is among them. However Sadamitsu feels something unfavourable and as he fears, Kagetora who changes his name Masatora gets out of the palanquin and approaches Nagayasu. Then he forces him get off h from the horse and hits him violently because he thinks it is so impolite (*****).

風林火山46景虎と成田
Masatora approaches Narita Nagayasu (Gō Rijū, left) to blame him for his impoliteness 

(*) In reality, he was ill at that time and died soon.
(**) The castle surrendered when TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi laid the siege to Odawara Castle in 1590.
(***) Maybe he behaves that he is blessed and nobody can kill him.
(****) It's a system in lunisolar calendars and a leap (intercalary) month is inserted into regular months.
(*****) According to "Sōshū Heiranki", a war chronicle, Masatora hits Nagayasu's forehead with his fan but didn't do violence to him.

The images are from the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan".

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Fūrin Kazan 45 Bōryaku! Okehazama (Yoshimoto Is Caught in a Trap of Kansuke)

The attempted assassination of Shingen is thought to be plotted by Jukeini and Nagao clan or MURAKAMI Yoshikiyo. Kansuke dares to tell Shingen that he failed to catch the spy who brought Chōkyū to Kai (*). Shingen doubts that IMAGAWA Yoshimoto plans to kill him and warns that Imagawa's army will invade Kai while his army makes an expedition to Shinano. Chōkyū escapes from the temple where he was confined but is killed by OBU Toramasa on his way to Suruga. In Echigo, USAMI Sadamitsu learns that Heizō failed in inciting Chōkyū to kill Shingen. He thinks it's hard for him to act as spy and makes him his direct vassal. Heizō thinks about Chōkyū’s consideration for him and Hisa’s devotion to her children.

風林火山45飯富虎昌
OBU Toramasa (Akio Kaneda) tells Shingen that he killed Chōkyū

In October 1559, NAGAO Kagetora rerurns to Echigo from Kyoto and tells UESUGI Norimasa that ASHIKAGA Yoshiteru, the 13th shogun approves his right of succession to the Uesugi clan. However, it needs to fight against the Hojo clan and make the rulers in Kanto region obey him for it. And the New Year 1560 begins. Yoshimoto declares that he will conquer Owari within the year in front of his son Ujizane and his vassals. IHARA Yukimasa says that it makes him tremble (**). Yoshimoto is already succeeded by Ujizane and plans to go to Kyoto after conquering the province and lets his mother Jukeini go back there.

風林火山45義元の決意
Imagawa Yoshimoto (Shōsuke Tanihara, centre) plans to conquer Owari within 1560

About that time, a monk called Tentaku visits Kai and tells Shingen that ODA Nobunaga is not a fool as rumoured and good at working out a plot. It seems that he is sent to Kai by Nobunaga himself. As his army is smaller than that of the Imagawa clan, he may attack Yoshimoto directly. At the same time, one of Yoshimoto's vassals betrays him and is ordered to commit hara-kiri and then he gives trustworthy herediatry vassals important posts. Meanwhile Kansuke, Denbée and Takichi consider how the Oda's army attacks him. As the route is mountainous, they guess he will attack his enemy in Okehazama, a valley plain.

風林火山45調略を練る勘助
Kansuke (Seiyō Uchino, left), Denbée (Yoshiki Arizono, centre) and Takichi (Jiyū Arima, right) talk about how Nobunaga attacks Yoshimoto

Ritsu asks them why they worry about Suruga and Kansuke answers because the province is important for Kai. Then he meets Yoshimoto mediated by Yukimasa and advises him to capture Kiyosu Castle because Nobunaga will not hold it. However Yoshimoto who never believe him departs for Owari with his army and enter Ōtaka Castle that stands near Okehazama. Besides he decides to take a rest in Okehazama. After that Kansuke makes a second visit to Suruga on the pretext of telling Shingen's words to Jukeini.

風林火山45勘助と寿桂尼
Jukeini (Shiho Fujimura, right) realises the real intention of Kansuke

Kansuke tells her that the affair of Chōkyū was unavoidable and Jukeini accepts it. And kansuke also says that he hopes Yoshimoto does not enter Ōtaka Castle because Nobunaga can attack there easily but it is too late. Jukeini realises that Kansuke told Yoshimoto to capture Kiyosu Castle on purpose because he is always against his words (***). At that moment it begins raining. He says it is a welcome rain and leaves Suruga.

風林火山45義元戦死
Yoshimoto (centre) who takes a rest is killed by the army of Oda Nobunaga

In Okehazama, the rain makes Yoshimoto's army relax completely. When it stops raining, Yoshimoto goes out of the verandah of the temple they stay at and is killed by the attack of Nobunaga in another moment. His head is brought to Suruga by OKABE Motonobu after negotiating with Nobunaga's vassal. It makes the Imagawa clan sad and Aya, wife of TAKEDA Yoshinobu grieves her father's death. OBU Toramasa suspects Kansuke's frequent visit to Suruga but he brazens it out that he had no intention. On the other hand, MATSUDAIRA Motoyasu who serves Yoshimoto holds Okazaki Castle, his family's castle and is rumoured that he betrays the Imagawa clan. 8 years later, Shingen attacks Suruga.

風林火山45首を改める氏真と寿桂尼
Imagawa Ujizane (Yūjirō Kazama, left) and Jukeini receive the head of Yoshimoto

(*) In reality, it is Denbée and Takichi who make Heizō escape.
(**) About the words, please see the post on him.
(***) In short, Yoshimoto is entrapped by Kansuke who knows his character well. And the rain is quite a welcome rain for him and Shingen. But his behaviour irritates Obu Toramasa who was moriyaku of Yoshinobu whose wife is from the Imagawa clan.

The images are from the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan".

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Fūrin Kazan 44 Shingen Ansatsu (The Assasination of Shingen)

USAMI Sadamitsu sends Heizō to Suruga while NAGAO Kagetora's second visit to Kyoto. He orders Heizō to tell Chōkyū, former Toraōmaru who becomes a monk to kill TAKEDA Harunobu and tells what he should say in Suruga. But Hisa is afraid that her husband is sacrificed by Sadamitsu. She hopes that he will hold his life dear. Heizō says he will do it for justice but Hisa tells him if Chokyu succeeds in it, Heizō will be punished anyway.

風林火山44平蔵と寿桂尼
Heizō (Ryūta Satō, right) meets Jukeini (Shiho Fujimura) and tells her that he hopes to avenge SUWA Yorishige

In Kai, a girl is born betweeen Yoshinobu and Aya and Yoshinobu is so delighted with it. It is informed to IMAGAWA Yoshimoto. Jukeini tells him that Aya takes the backbone out of Yoshinobu as TAIGEN Sessai said. Then one of his attendants appears and tells him that a man called YAZAKI Heizo from Echigo visits him. Heizō meets Jukeini and tells her that he served the Suwa clan before and makes effort to avenge SUWA Yorishige. Jukeini is astonished whether he knows the Imagawa ckan is related to the Takeda clan, but she brings him to Zentokuji Temple.

風林火山44勘助と四郎
Kansuke (Seiyō Uchino, right) instructs Shirō (Sōsuke Ikematsu) in strategy

At Zentokuji, Heizo tells Chōkyū that his father committed hara-kiri leaving the will that he should succeed him and his half sister Yu-u hime became a concubine of Sjingen as Sadamitsu told him. Chōkyū asks him what happened afterwards and then Jukeini says severely.
"She was killed."
She says that Yu-u hime was a caged bird after having given birth to a son and died of illness. In addition, she tells him that he is ignored in the Takeda clan and then he resolves to revenge himself on Shingen. He asks her to let him pass and secretly departs for Kai with the guidance of Heizo who disguises himself as yamabushi.

風林火山44勘助とリツ
Ritsu (Aki Maeda, right) tells Kansuke about a young monk who visits O-Goto hime

On his way, Chōkyū asks Heizō if he has a family or not and he answers that he left his family in Echigo. Chōkyū decides to go to Kōfu by himself and advises Heizō to return home. And Kansuke admires that Shirō who is guarded by AKIYAMA Nobutomo, keeper of Takatō Castle becomes sturdy. He instructs him in strategy but Shirō seems to be bored with it. Kansuke persuades him that he should learn it for the Takeda clan or Suwa clan.

風林火山44信玄と長笈
Chōkyū (Tasuku Emoto, centre) meets TAKEDA Shingen (ICHIKAWA Kamejirō, left) whom he thinks as his family's enemy

After that he returns to Kōfu and learns that a young monk often visits O-Goto hime from Ritsu. She goes to Sekisuiji Temple where she lives and says that Shingen will visit there tomorrow. Hagino is dissatisfied that Shingen occasionally visits O-Goto hime but Sanjo Fujin is satisfied with her first grandchild. And Chōkyū meets Shingen at the temple on the following day. Heizō, who secretly sees how the land lies is found by his old friends, Denbée and Takichi.
"It's you, Heizō! What are you doing here?"
But he is dump as an oyster.

風林火山44勘助と平蔵
Kansuke (right) presses Heizō hard and asks about the monk

They suspect his behaviour and let Kansuke meet him. Kansuke remembers the words of Ritsu and presses him hard to tell him who the monk is. At last Heizō asks him to stop the monk who is former Toraomaru. And at sekisuiji, Chōkyū tells "Heiké Monogatari" to the women and Mari hime but Shingen takes a nap. Chōkyū approaches him to put a sleeved coverlet over him and then he takes a dagger from his bosom to kill him. However he gets up suddenly and shouts him that he knows everything. Then Shingen takes him to Tsutsujigasaki and tells him about Ōi Fujin who looked after him when he was a child. Shingen plans to take him in  but Yoshinobu opposes it violently.

風林火山44不動明王の間
Yoshinobu (Ryō Kimura, standing) is angry with Chōkyū (centre)

Then Chōkyū approaches him to show just as he is. Though Kansuke tries to stop him, Chōkyū watches for his chance and draws Yoshinobu's dagger to kill him. But Hagino tries to intervene them and killed by Chōkyū. Shingen orders his vassals to confine him in a temple. Kansuke who returns home hears that both Takichi and Denbée made Heizō escape. He is so angry with it but Denbée says it's plotted by Jukeini. Kansuke is surprised and damns her.

風林火山44萩乃の最期
Hagino (Miyoko Asada, centre) is killed by Chōkyū

The images are from the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan".

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Fūrin Kazan 43 Shingen Tanjō (Harunobu Takes the Tonsure)

One morning Kansuke wakes up ans finds Ritsu sits by him. Though she calls him darling, he tells her to call him "Father". Ritsu prays for her Marici given by Kansuke and tells O-Kuma that she serves breakfast for him instead of her. Kansuke asks her when Harunobu offered her the marriage with him. Sha says that her father HARA Toratane told her about it before she met Kansuke. He told her to give birth Kansuke's son so she emphasises that she hopes to be his wife and have his child rather than adopted by him. And in the year 1556, ŌKUMA Tomohide betrays NAGAO Kagetora and served Harunobu.

風林火山43摩利支天を拝むリツ
Ritsu (Aki Maeda) prays to Malici

And then Tomohide and SANADA Yukitaka win the samurais who serve Kagetora over to Takeda's side and Harunobu departs for a battle as if he distracted himself from the sense of loss caused by the death of Yu-u hime. And Yukitaka asks Kansuke about his newly-married life but Kansuke says Ritsu is not his wife but an adopted daughter. Then he asks him whether he has parental affection or not and tells him to marry her because he has no will of making any of his son become her husband. Besides he declares if Kansuke has no child, he or his sons will be the strategist of the Takeda clan.

風林火山43大熊の裏切り
Okuma Tomohide (Gorō Ōhashi, centre) betrays Kagetora and serves Harunobu

Yukitaka makes local samurais in northern Shinano from Kagetora by falling Amakazari Castle and Katsurayama Castle. Though Echigo is snowbound, Harunobu attacks Zenkōjidaitra and USAMI Sadamitsu thinks it may cause a battle. As Kagetora returned from Mt. Koya, his vassals band together than before but Harunobu is never provoked to fight against him and keeps staying in Fukashi Castle. This confrontation between them, the Third Battle of Kawanakajima ends without decisive result again.


風林火山43森坊来訪
A messenger of Ashikaga Yoshiteru visits Kai

However Harunobu says that his side won and the Ichikawa clan in northern shinano can hokd his territory by supporting him. But another battle against Kagetora may be unavoidable. After that shogun ASHIKAGA Yoshiteru suggests to him that he should make peace with Masatora and he accepts it subject to becoming the lord of Shinano. BABA Nobuharu worries that if he fights against Kagetora again, he will betray Yoshiteru but Kansuke says it's an equal fight because the lords of Shinano and Echigo fight each other.

風林火山43上杉憲政
Uesugi Norimasa (ICHIKAWA Sadanji) hopes that Kagertora will succeed him

However Kagetora is requested to succeed UESUGI Norimasa and become a Kanto kanrei. In reality, Yoshiteru who is surrounded by enemies depends on Kagetora and invites him to visit Kyoto. If he succeeds him, his position will be higher than that of shugo (daimyo) and he can conquer Kantō region and beat the Hōjō clan. Needless to say, he can beat Harunobu who seizes an opportunity to attack him. He decides to go to Kyoto again but he worries that he should make Nami marry anubody. Nami feels disappointed because she has no possibility of becoming his concubine and goes out from the castle in his absence to become a nun.
風林火山43もめる山本家
Kansuke (Seiyō Uchino, centre) looks for a man to be a husband of Ritsu (right)

Meanwhile Kansuke also worries that he should find somebody who marries Ritsu. The sons of Takichi except Mokichi, the eldest son are adopted by other samurais but Ritsu doesn't like Mokichi. And Harunobu regrets that he could not love Yu-u hime and Shiro sufficiently and decides to become a priest in the cause of being benevolent to his vassals and people. In February 1559, he takes the tonsure and calls himself Shingen. At the same time, HARA Toratane, Yukitaka and Kansuke take the tonsure also and call themselves Seigan, Ittokusai and Dōki respectively (*). However Ritsu says that samurais take tonsure superficially and she intends to dispose his sakes. Kansuke who is confused and says,
"No, a small quantity of sake is allowed even for monks." (**)

風林火山43信玄
Harunobu (ICHIKAWA Kamejirō) takes the tonsure and calls himself Shingen

And Heizō in Echigo, whose former lord MURAKAMI Yoshikiyo serves Kagetora is eager to become a strategist for the Nagao clan with bravado. He hopes to be a match for Kansuke but Hisa says she is happy as she, Heizo and their children are now. Then Sadamitsu intends to give him a try. He orders him to meet Chōkyū, former Toraōmaru. Sadamitsu tells him that Chōkyū is the very man who should kill Harunobu (Shingen) and tells him to go to Suruga as spy.

風林火山43平蔵一家
Heizō (Ryūta Satō, left) wants to be a strategist like Kansuke

(*) Seiyō Uchino, ICHIKAWA Kamejirō and Kai Shishido actually had their hair close-cropped but Kuranosuke Sasaki used a wig because he appeared another TV show at that time.
(**) Basically, Buddhist monks cannot drink sake.

The images are from the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan".
 
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Fūrin Kazan 42 Gunshi to Gunshin (Kansuke Meets Kagetora at Mt. Kōya)

After defeating the Kiso clan, Kansuke returns to Osaka Kannon-in where Yu-u hime lived and finds Harunobu there. He says that he hold a polite funeral for her. Then he mentions his promise (of marriage) with her but Kansuke interrupts him and says that he hopes that Harunobu will govern Japan. Though he denies it, Kansuke asks him wait for a moment to go to Kyoto after beating NAGAO Kagetora as if he were the actual governoe of Japan already.

風林火山42勘助
Kansuke (Seiyō Uchino) returns to Osaka kannonin, Suwa

Harunobu brings the flute that Sanjo Fujin gave Yu-u hime brings to Kai. But she tells her husband that he should posses it and asks him about Shirō. He answers that he will be brought by a proper man. Harunobu thinks that  Kansuke will be gloomy for a while and as he says, he visits the tomb of Yu-u hime and promises to bring Shirō up to a brilliant samurai and make his win first battle.

風林火山42勘助と志摩
Shima (Akemi Ōmori, right) tells Kansuke that she decides to serve Shirō

And Kansuke says if it comes true, it's time he will exhaust his life span and will be with Yu-u hime again. After that Shirō and Shima move to Takatō Castle and Shirō is going to be educated by AKIYAMA Nobutomo, keeper of the castle. Kansuke offers Shima to serve him but she hopes to devote the rest of her life to Shirō. She thanks Kansuke to have given attention to Yu-u hime and makes sure that he should keep the promise with her.

風林火山坂戸城
Naoe Sanetsuna (Tokuma Nishsioka, left) and Usami Sadamitsu (Ken Ogata, second from the left) visit Sakato Castle and meet Nagao Masakage (Kenzō, centre) and Momo hime (Naomi Nishida, right)

In Echigo, some local rulers have territorial disputes and it involve the vassals of Kagetora. such disputes cause the rivalry between the two factions, those who formerly served the Uesugi clan and the others who served the Nagao clan. OKUMA Tomohide, who served Uesugi Norimasa before shows his anger but is warned by USAMI Sadamitsu. Kagetora remembers that his mother said that a real strong man needs no power when he became a boy monk in his childhood. After that he goes out of Kasugayama Castle. His elder sister Momo hime, wife of Nagao Masakage tells Sadamitsu and NAOE Sanetsuna that for Kagetora, his mother is the one and only existence whom he could trust.
 
風林火山42無量光院
Kansuke meets Sei-in (Kei Satō, left) after a long time

Kansuke goes to somewhere also. He sends Harunobu a letter that says he wants to have a leave and then he visits Muryō Kōin Temple in Mt. Kōya where he visited before serving the Takeda clan. But at the same time, Kagetora also visits there because he was given his Buddhist name Sōshin before. That night Kansuke approaches kagetora who chants sutra and they fight each other but was scolded heavily by Sei-in, chief priest of Muryō Kōin. he shows a Mandala, a Buddhist visual schema of the enlightened mind and explains the importance of harmony to them. It reminds Kansuke of the relationship between lord and his vassals.

風林火山42曼荼羅
Sei-in shows a Mandala to Kagetora (Gackt, right) and Kansuke

On the following day, they have breakfast together. Kansuke tells him that the death of Yu-u hime made him visit Mt.Koya and then they talk about the dispute of Kai and Echigo. However, if Kagetora defeats Harunobu, it's meaningless why he becomes a priest. Kagetora smiles wryly and says that he worries about it. And then Masakage and Sanetsuna with some attendants visit Kagetora with the vows of the vassals and ask him to return to Echigo. Kagetora learns that Tomohide starts a riot against Sadamitsu. He decides to go back and tells Kansuke who observes them secretly.  
"Tell your lord that I found an another enemy."

風林火山42帰参要請
Kagetora's vassal ask him to go back to Echigo

Kansuke returns to Kai also and tells Harunobu and Hara Toratane that he wants to adopt Ritsu. They agree with it and Harunobu shouts,
"Yu-u, alow Kansuke to do so."
Kansuke introduces Ritsu to Denbée, Takichi and his family and hands her a wooden box he was given at Muryō Kōin. There is a statue of Marici in it. 

The images are from the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan"

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