northern tablelands


Tatari around Ieyasu  1 

Now, I’d like to get the stage of topic back to my home land. Shitara-Shinshiro area is located between Hamamatsu city and Toyota city. Both cities are well known by having big companies which manufacture automobiles.
Hamamatsu’s people have some legends concerned with Tatari and Tokugawa Ieyasu. Once I wrote that story, but now I’m going to rerun it with new photos.

武田信玄Takeda Shingen(A.D.1521-1573) was a famous Daimyou( a samurai leader) who owned Kai(now Yamanashi pref) and Shinano( Nagano pref) .Both countries were in the middle of Honshu Island. He , as well as other Daimyous, was eager for dominating the whole Japan. In order to do so, he had to go to Kyoto. From time immemorial, in our thought, it was only the emperor that had the right to dominate Japan.So everyone who attempted to rule Japan had to go to Kyoto to meet the emperor for getting his permission or trust to rule our country. 
 Shingen had two routes to choice. Northern course and southern course.But the former route which goes along the northern shore of Honshu Island via Kanazawa to Kyoto was difficult to get through because of big enemy named 上杉謙信Uesugi Kenshin. Shingen had fought against him many times but eventually could not overcome him. So he took the latter. He planned on getting into 東海道Toukaido (now on this old traditional road, we have Toukaido Shinkansen Line) near 浜松Hamamatsu or 豊橋Toyohashi. 
 In A.D.1572 Shingen’s troops  arrived at the top of the Houda Slope (祝田坂) which is located in the northern end of Mikatahara tableland (三方原台地). That tableland has approximately a 15 km length. And its southern end, beyond the deep valley , there was the Hamamatsu Castle inhabited by 徳川家康Tokugawa Ieyasu, later he became a founder of Edo Shogunate Government.

Ieyasu said ‘This land is my garden, my house. Now a lot of outlaws are breaking the back door of my yard. Who could stay in his house? ’

Ieyasu had 11,000 samurais then. But there were 25,000 soldiers on Shingen’s side.  At that time Ieyasu was one of the untrained leader and it was correct to call him a subordinate of  織田信長Oda Nobunaga, he was a leader of leaders, a great demonish samurai leader .

At the top of the Houda slope, Ieyasu challenged Shingen to a fight. But soon his troops were defeated one after another.

to be continued  

link to the next story:  Tatari around Ieyasu 2

Photo 1    A statue of 織田信長Oda Nobunaga,    

Photo 2    A statue of 武田信玄Takeda Shingen,

Photo 3    A statue of 上杉謙信Uesugi Kenshin, 

created by 追平陶吉Oihira Tohkichi