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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Feb 3, 2014

Welcome to the third bonus episode with your hosts Chris and Forest.  In this bonus episode, your hosts look at Oda Nobunaga's retainer band.  One thing that sets the Sengoku daimyo Oda Nobunaga apart from his contemporaries was his willingness to employ primarily young men of ability who lacked rank or lineage.  The unorthodox composition of Nobunaga's retainer band is perhaps both a reflection of his own unorthodox nature, and a result of a lack of old, traditional retainer families attached to the Oda clan, and a factor in his success. Don't forget, opinions expressed in the bonus episodes do not reflect the views or opinions of anyone not present.  With that, enjoy!

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over three years ago

But Honnoji happened in the 2nd day of the 6th month of the Japanese calendar (21 June of Western calendar).

Maybe Akechi wasn't even aiming for power. A number of theories put forward said that he just wanted to stop Nobunaga and Heaven can decide whatever happens next. I dunno. If he was unhappy with Nobunaga, seems kinda overkill to off his son too in such a massive scale. Why not assassinate him or something?

over three years ago


I was listening to this episode and found the conspiracy theory fascinating as I hadn't heard of it before. As such I was wondering 2 things:

1) It seems odd no one else would have ever said this so are there texts/papers on this which one might use to learn more? Or is it really something that has never been thought of by academics?

And 2) You make mention of a previous podcast where you discussed Mitsuhide being a scapegoat in better detail, can you tell me where I can find it? I had been hoping for a handily named 'Mitsuhide...' Podcast but there isn't one lol

Thanks for the help and for such an amusing podcast you guys always make me laugh!

Kind regards,