Saturday, 30 December 2017

Nagoya Bushimeshi Busho-tai Bento Launched!

Past Tuesday, during an event dedicated to the promotion of Aichi tourism, a new ekiben was introduced, available at Nagoya Station and dedicated to two main "contents" of Nagoya: samurai and food!
Picture from this article.

The Nagoya Bushimeshi Busho-tai Bento (なごや武士めし 武将隊弁当) includes some typical flavours of the Azuchi-Momoyama period (throughly researched thanks to the "Bushi-meshi" investigations of historians and gourmet) and the classic Nagoya-meshi awesomeness.
Main feature of the bento are the grilled miso onigiri, plus misokatsu, kishimen, eel and other delicacies.
The package includes a "Sengoku MAP" about the touristical spots of the ancient provinces of Owari and Mikawa featuring the Nagoya Busho-tai.

The bento costs 1200 yen, it can be found at GRAND KIOSK of Nagoya Station and it's sold starting December 27.
It's not clear if it's a limited edition item, but the distribution should be granted at least for the whole 2018 year!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Nobunaga 450 Digest ( 六 )

And here we are-- The closing event of the celebrations for the 450th Anniversary of Gifu city was on December 22, meaning that the party is over...Or maybe not.
Today's "cover" features a rare picture of the lanterns used during the Koyomi no Yobune and featuring the anniversary that we followed during this year! The picture comes from the Twitter account of one of the artists who worked on it.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

The JR Azuchi Station gets a renewal in Nobunaga style!

On November 19 the JR Azuchi Station finally completed its renewal works.
The event was celebrated by the PR groups of Azuchi, including the freshly enstablished Nobunaga-tai, and the local authorities with a opening ceremony.


Pictures coming from this and this Twitter accounts.

The station now features a touristic office on the first floor, plus escalators, elevators and toilets. Still no coin lockers, though!
Its most defining feature is the octagonal tower at the North Exit, inspired by the architecture of the Nobunaga no Yakata museum, where it's possible to see a reconstruction of the Azuchi Castle's tenshu.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Behold the "Shinchou Meikan"!

It's almost Comiket time and some previews are already popping out here and there.

Irene (thank youuuu!) showed me this awesome book, "Shinchou Meikan" (信長名鑑) by Chihatan (ちはたん) circle!
It's an encyclopedia of ALL the depictions of Nobunaga in fiction, featuring anime, manga, mascottes, light novels and videogames!
The author researched 388 Nobu-versions in this book, with references and details on sources and interpretations... Far from "scholar stuff", but quite the task nevertheless!

I can't find a webpage of the author but their Twitter account, where you can check some pictures of the contents, too.
If you manage to visit Comiket on December 31, note the booth of Chihatan: 東ホ09b!

Monday, 4 December 2017

A Nobunaga statue in Nagoya!

Gifu has its very own Nobunaga statue, Azuchi too, even Kiyosu and Shobata sport one.
But what about Nagoya? Thanks to the report of Samurai History & Culture Japan we got to know that during the recent Nobunaga Kouro event, a bronze statue dedicated to Nobunaga with the features of Nobunaga from "Ikusa no Ko" manga was unveiled in the precints of Nagoya castle!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Nobunaga 450 Digest (五)

Here we are for a "middle update" about the Nobu-related events of the 450th Anniversary of Gifu City!
Still a bit of Autumn before jumping into Winter, let's take a look to the events that we announced last time and the upcoming stuff.
Today's cover is related to the Nobunaga "Yume" Rakuichi market-event! It features the "jumbo paella" and Gifu PR Yukko Yanagase... But let's go in order!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

News from Nagoya!

Again, Nagoya does its best to keep us busy during winter.

The first appointment is this year edition of Nobunaga Kouro, another event that turned into a regular celebration dedicated to the Battle of Okehazama.
This year the event is scheduled from December 2, and the location is the Nagoya castle precints. It even sports a nice website in English, so enjoy!

Next, not strictly Nobu-related but still worth mentioning, don't forget about the Nagoya-jo Winter Festival, scheduled for December 23 to January 14.
As the main scheduled event is the "Countdown Live" to celebrate the new year, I suggest you to keep an eye to the temporary Touken Ranbu-themed cafe scheduled to open from January 5 to 14... It's still a bit early to check it, but you can find the official page of the event here.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Three Nobunaga in Eight Years!

This month the Nagoya Omotenashi Busho-tai celebrated 8 years of activity.
The PR group was formed on November 3, 2009 to celebrate the 400 years since the foundation of Nagoya City.
"8" is a lucky number in Japanese tradition, as its kanji, "八", moves upwards and is open at the bottom, signifying a never-ending growth.
For this reason the maruhachi (The kanji for eight with a circle around) is also the official symbol of Nagoya city, adopted on March 1907: it was originally used by the Tokugawa clan of Owari as its family seal.

During the eight years of glamorours activity and promotion, though, three Nobunagas changed on the stage of Nagoya castle.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Nobunaga events in Fujinomiya

Autumn is always a rich period for matsuri and events dedicated to Nobunaga-- After Nagoya, here are the celebrations dedicated to Nobunaga's tour of Fujinomiya after the defeat of the Takeda Clan.

The first event that I'd like to share is the 27th Oda Nobunaga Summit scheduled for November 11, followed by the Nobunaga Kouyo Matsuri on November 12.
It's a rich excuse to know more about Nobunaga, try delicious food and check out the kouyo, the "autumn colours" featured by the red foliage of the maples in the area.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Nagoya-jo Autumn Festival

The birthday of Gifu sure is distracting, since I noticed these seasonal events only now, fortunately still on time to remind you about the Autumn Edition of the Nagoya-jo Festival happening right now in Nagoya until November 23!
The idea is celebrating the Nagoya Castle and its surrounding four times a year, so to provide extra visibility to this touristic attraction.
The main events feature local products degustations, idol concerts, sport events, seasonal traditions and the like. You can check the schedule for the whole thing here.