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Daisen-ji and Erin-ji

Nobutora Takeda was the father of Shingen and was a famous general who unified the chaotic Kai region and created the foundation for the later invasion of Shinshu. He married his daughter to Yoshimoto Imagawa, but when he went to Sunpu to meet Yoshimoto in 1541, the border was closed by Shingen, and he was forced to live a retired life in Sunpu. However, in Suruga, he was treated well as the father-in-law of the head of the family, received money from Kofu, and had a few children with her concubines, including Nobutomo would later become the head of the family and a woman married to Harusue Kikutei (high-ranking noble).

He moved to Kyoto two years before the war of Okehazama (1558), and since then he has basically stayed with the shogun family (Yoshiteru and Yoshiaki), but after Nobunaga's exile of Yoshiaki (1573), he took refuge in Takato Castle, which is guarded by Nobukado (his son and Shingen's younger brother). The Muromachi Shogun family may have virtually perished, but the death of their son Shingen during the Kyoto conquest operation the previous year may also be one of the reasons why they returned to Takeda territory.

For more than 30 years, how did he feel about Shingen's exploits (the possession of Shinano and Suruga, the Kyoto conquest operation)? I feel like he was excitedly waiting for the scene where Takeda's flag would fly over Kyoto and he would be reunited with his son (Shingen).


It seems that he met Katsuyori(his grandchild) at Takato Castle, but I don't know what I talked about with him. I would like to know whether he encouraged him to follow in his father's footsteps and build up his strength and aim for Kyoto, or whether he encouraged him to cooperate with surrounding countries in preparation for the expansion of Nobunaga's power. I'm curious about how Katsuyori met his grandfather, whom his father had banished. Nobutora passed away shortly after that meeting, was buried at Daisenji Temple, which he himself had opened, and returned to his hometown for the first time in 32 years.



The Oda family raised an army to subjugate Kai in 1582, overrunning Shinano and Kai and forcing Katsuyori and his son Nobukatsu to commit suicide on Mt. Tenmoku. The monk Kaisen of Erinji Temple, where Shingen is buried, refuses to surrender and the temple is set on fire, but the words he uttered at that time, ``If the mind and head are destroyed, the fire will also be cool'' are hung on the beautiful temple gate. Nobutada Oda did not forgive Nobushige Oyamada and Nobutaka Takeda, who betrayed Katsuyori and surrendered, and executed the members of his family. Nobutaka was the son of Nobutomo, who was born after Nobutora was exiled from Suruga.

Perhaps Ieyasu had a great deal of awe and respect for the Takeda family, and after the war he actively promoted Takeda personnel. After Nobunaga, Takato Castle was succeeded by Morinobu Nishina (Shingen's son), and after Nobutada's invasion, he fulfilled his responsibility by damming up tens of thousands of soldiers with his small army. Morinobu's sons were then employed in high salary as hatamoto of the shogunate. The Yanagisawa family, who were Takeda vassals, were also taken in by the Tokugawa family, and Yoshiyasu, who was later treated as an elder statesman, became the satrap with 150,000 koku of Kai, and the 133th anniversary of Shingen's death was held in a grand manner at Erinji Temple, which was officially recognized by the shogunate.


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