So, in this first "chapter" of the celebrations, I'm going to indulge in the so-called "pre-events", special promotional events starting before 2017, and present you the first upcoming proper events of the year, according to the guidebook :)
So, let's start with the pre-events happened during summer, then.
One of the most peculiar involves the phone-game Ketai Kunitori Kessen, a kind of interactive "stamp rally" made through smartphones where you can collect "medals" according to the spots of Sengoku interest, and access special minigames and the like.
On July through October 2016, there was a special "Nobunaga Course" set in Gifu, focused on the main attractions of the city, from the golden statue of Nobunaga to the Museum of Nagarakawa passing through Gifu Castel.
This kind of tourism in quite strong in Japan, and it's really popular, surpassing the fields of mere scholarism. Getting to know history by "touching" the reality of some places seemed to be a luxury reserved to archaelogists alones, but it's very reassuring to think that your average everyone can indulge in such cultural adventures.
Speaking of history "turning into reality", the Commitee for the celebrations really overdid things, and for this year they gathered together the three Bushotai of Gifu in a creative collaboration to animate and cheer up the historical spots of interests.
For a complete schedule, monthly updated, of the activities of the three groups, feel free to check out their pages on the official website of the anniversary.
I found quite fun the fact that a special committe composed of students of the Gifu City Women's College was "hired" with the serious task to evaluate the quality of the omiyage selling during the event.
The event looked both fun and solemn though, I believe those girls took their task quite seriously, expecially because they were under the keen eye of the Nobunaga of the bushotai!
In these day it was also possible to buy the New Years Cards dedicated to the event.
Unfortunately one can get these only at the key-spots of Gifu!
We can't leave anime and videogames out of this of course!
A series of cute events that will be hold in Gifu castle involve the very cute anime Nobunaga no Shinobi, focused on the adventures of the clueless yet lethal Iga ninja Chidori, servicing Nobunaga faithfully. As the short anime is of course a parody filled with fun moments, it also offers some interesting historical insights (I was pretty much startled by the appearance of Gyuichi Ota in it, interviewing Chidori about her deeds during Okehazama!), so it was chosen to sponsor the anniversary and Gifu castle.
There are just 30 spots free each month, so it's quite rough!
And, ending this report with one of the first events tied with the celebrations and popculture... From January to March, the grounds of mount Kinka, will feature an exhibition of Sengoku Musou cardboards featuring Nobunaga and his crew :)
The guide book says that some exclusive merchandising will be available at the exhibition, so it may be worth a visit, for the Nobunaga fans out there who happen to be otaku gamers too!
It's all for this first report of the "Nobu Year", see you again once the celebrations will officially start and we'll start getting juicy reports from the net :D !