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NARITA Nagayasu & Ise

NARITA Nagayasu

NARITA Nagayasu was a vassal of the UESUGI clan served Muromachi Bakufu as Kantō Kanrei for generations. However the clan was attacked by the HŌJŌ Ujiyasu later and he served UESUGI Masatora temporarily. He betrayed Masatora after the Siege of Odawara in 1561 but finally surrendered him in 1563. Then he transferred the headship of the family to his heir Ujinaga but opposed him in 1566 because of having attempted to make another son Yasuchika succeed him. At last his plan didn't go well and he decided to retire. He died in 1574.

In this series, he serves Uesugi Masatora and makes his wife Ise become a hostage to him. After Masatora takes over the headship of the Uesugi clan, he sees his parade from horseback and is reproved and hit by him. Then he betrays him and retreats during the siege of Odawara in 1561.

The images shows Gō Rijū as Narita Nagayasu

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Ise

Ise is a wife of Nagayasu in this series but is thought to be a fictional figure. She is from Kyoto and becomes a hostage to Masatora. When she learns Masatora hit her husband, she speaks for him why he saw the parade from horseback was according to old customs. Then she criticises him sharply as in the episode 46 and KAKIZAKI Kageie tries to slash her but is stopped by Masatora. Later she returns to her husband.

The image shows Haruka Igawa as Ise

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Both images are from 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.
 
風林火山49下山を提案する宇佐美
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.

風林火山49信繁の母衣
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.
 風林火山49信繁討死
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.

風林火山48由布姫の墓を訪れる勘助
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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The Vassals of NAGAO Kagetora (UESUGI Masatora)

USAMI Sadamitsu

Please see USAMI Sadamitsu

NAOE Sanetsuna

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KAKIZAKI Kageie

He was the vassal considerably trusted by Kagetora and was skilful in war. He always was in the van of the attack. But it is said that he made a great achievement in domestic administration also recently. He has some legendary episodes and some say that he never married though he had a wife and sons. And others say that he betrayed Masatora (Kagetora) and was executed but he is said to have died of illness in reality.
In this series, he supports Kagetora and doesn't get on well with the former vassals of the Uesugi clan as ŌKUMA Tomohide. He puts an end to the life of TAKEDA Nobushige in the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima.

風林火山柿崎景家
Kakizaki Kageie (Ken-ichi Kaneda)

HONJŌ Saneyori

He served NAGAO Harukage, elder brother of Kagetora at first but then served Kagetora who was more talented than his brother. He taught him stratagem and became one of his important vassals and participated in some battles.
In this series, he is described as a man who is loyal to Kagetora but opposes Ōkuma Tomohide, like Kakizaki Kageie.

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Honjō Saneyori (Gen Kimura)

ŌKUMA Tomohide

Like his father Masahide, he served the Uesugi clan and was charge in tax payment but he served the Nagao clan later. But there was an internal struggle in the clan and he betrayed Kagetora and served the Takeda clan and obeyed TAKEDA Katsuyori until his death in 1582 and they shared the same fate.
In this series, he betrays Kagetora with the help of YAMAMOTO Kansuke and SANADA Yukitaka. He participates in the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima and offers two vassals of Shingen (*) sake before departure for the front.

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Ōkuma Tomohide (Gorō Ōhashi)

(*) Akira Senju who was in charge of music and Kōji Kaminuma who wrote the title played the roles of the vassals.

The images are from the DVD series of "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.

風林火山46海津城での勘助と香坂
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!"

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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 (*****).

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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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MATSUDAIRA Motoyasu

MATSUDAIRA Motoyasu was a heir of MATSUDAIRA Hirotada who ruled Okazaki , Mikawa. He called himself TOKUGAWA Ieyasu later.

He was a hostage of IMAGAWA Yoshimoto and studied under TAIGEN Sūfu Sessai. He served in the Battle of Okahazama and enters Okazaki Castle, his family's castle after the death of Yoshimoto. Then he formed an alliance with ODA Nobunaga and also allied himself with  TAKEDA Shingen who conquered Suruga but it's dissolved soon after. Later he and Nobunaga attacked TAKEDA Katsuyori, heir of Shingen and destroyed his clan in 1582. After Nobunaga died because of Honnoji Incident, he served TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi. After his death, he made many of Hideyoshi's vassals serve him and win the Battle of Sekigahara. In 1603, he established Edo Bakufu and destroyed the Toyotomi clan in 1615. In the following year, he died at the age of 75.

In this series, he is a hostage of Yoshimoto and lives in his residence. He is familiar with Sessai and is told by him to establish a rule in the future but immediately after he dies. He joins Yoshimoto's army and carries provisions into Ōtaka Castle but disappears after the battle and is rumoured that he enters Okazaki Castle.

The image shows Keisuke Sakamoto as Matsudaira Motoyasu
(From the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan")

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SUWA Katsuyori

SUWA Katsuyori was a son (later heir) of TAKEDA Harunobu (Shingen) and a grandson of Suwa Yorishige.

He was born between Harunobu and his concubine Suwa Goryōnin, daughter of Yorishige in 1546. He took over the head of Suwa clan in 1562 and was appointed to the lord of Takato Castle later. His first battle was the attack on Minowa Castle in 1563 and he became the heir of the Takeda clan after his half brother Yoshinobu was disinherited. After the death of Shingen in 1573, he took over the head of the clan but was defeated by ODA Nobunaga and TOKUGAWA Ieyasu in the Battle of Nagashino in 1575. And then he failed in mediating the internal troubles of the Uesugi clan. Besides Nobunaga forces him into a difficult situation by making his vassals betray him. At last he committed suicide in March, 1582.

In this series, he is described as a young man who is obliged to live with his mother Yu-u hime and maids in Suwa in his childhood. But Kansuke who occasionally visits them and treats him kindly as if he were his real child. Though He intends to participate in the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima, Kansuke tells him that Shingen doesn't allow it and he enters Takashima Castle to provide logistic support.

The image shows Sōsuke Ikematsu as Suwa Katsuyori
(From the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan")

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TAKEDA Yoshinobu

TAKEDA Yoshinobu is a heir of Takeda Harunobu(Shingen)and a half brother of Takeda Katsuyori.

He was born as a heir of Harunobu and tutored by OBU Toramasa. His first battle was an attack on the Chiku clan in Shinano. In the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima, he distinguidshed himself and made a surprise attack on the headquarter of UESUGI Masatora (Kenshin).

However, Toramasa was executed in 1564 because of a secret conversation about the assassination of Harunobu. After that, he and Shingen became to oppose each other and he was ordered to confine himself in Tōkōji Temple (Yoshinobu Jiken). The reason why Toramasa planned the assassination is said that Shingen treated Yoshinobu coldly. Besides he was critical of his father’s invasion into Suruga as his wife was a daughter of IMAGAWA Yoshimoto.

He died in Tōkōji in 1567 and his wife returned to Suruga. There is the theory that he committed suicide but others say that he died of illness.

In this series, he is described as a prideful heir of the Takeda clan and familiar with his half brother Shirō, later Katsuyori. "Yoshinobu Jiken" is not described because the last scene of it is the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima.

The image shows Ryō Kimura as Takeda Katsuyori
(From the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan")

風林火山義信
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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