I'm working as a freelance copywriter in Tokyo.
Tokyo is a very exciting city and always inspires me a lot.
Here, I'd like to write down what I think is interesting or just what I like
because it would tell exactly who I am.
The Remains of the Azuchi Castle.
If I were asked what period of
Japanese history do you like best, I would say it would be the Azuchi Momoyama
period (1573-1603) because many unique and innovative people appeared in the
era such as Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Sen no Rikyu.
Oda Nobunaga was a war load who
completed the way to unify the nation and promoted the merchandising by opening
a new market without taxes.Toyotomi Hideyoshi was born as a son of a peasant and climbed up the
social ladder and finally reached the top.Sen no Rikyu completed the tea ceremony as an ultimate
art.He created the new concept of
art called “wabi,” a state of calm, quiet subtlety, which avoids being gaudy or
showy.What a gorgeous era Aduchi
The name of “Azuchi” in Azuchi
Momoyama period comes from the castle’s name, which Oda Nobunaga built in
azuchi-cho, Shiga prefecture.I’ve
wanted to visit the castle for many years and finally I did.
To tell the truth, there is no
castle there.Unfortunately, the
castle was burnt down three year after it was built, when Oda Nobunaga was
assassinated by his senior statesman.All we were allowed to do is just look at the stone walls and imagine
The remains of the castle stand
beside Lake Biwa.At the opposite
side of the lake, you can see Mt. Hieizan, in which Enryakuji-temple is
located.Over the mountain is
Kyoto, the ancient capital city.Oda Nobunaga must have looked at the scene everyday and accumulated his
ambition to unify the nation and beyond.It’s nice to deepen my understanding of the history geographically
here.I think there is something
that we can feel only when we come the site.