Wednesday, October 17, 2012

一日の画像 - Picture of the Day

Seen here are the paired bronze statues of the famous duel between Takeda Shingen of Kai and Uesugi Kenshin.of Echigo at Hachimanbara Historical Park in Nagano depicting the 4th Battle of Kawanakajima that took place in 1561. In that battle, the Uesugi forces reached the Takeda command post where Uesugi Kenshin himself stormed in on horseback, attacking the seated Takeda Shingen who being caught off guard held Kensin off with only his signalling fan. Amazing but true! Takeda held out long enough for his retainer Hara Osumi-no-Kami to spear Kenshin's horse and drive him off. You just can't make stuff like this up! The two rivals would continue to fight on but in the end had great admiration for each other. It is said that when Takeda died, Kenshin wept and declared that there will never be another warlord like him. For this and many other reasons, these two will always be our favorite two warlords of the Sengoku Jidai - The Warring States Period.

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