It’s July 17th, and that means it’s the anniversary of Akechi Mitsuhide’s death.
This is Mitsuhide’s 442nd D-Day! Or maybe it’s not. It depends on if you believe the theories that say he took on a new identity as Tenkai and lived longer.
It’s June 21st, and that makes today the anniversary of Mori Ranmaru’s death!
This is Ranmaru’s 442nd D-Day! You were a loyal dude Ranmaru, here’s hoping you’re eternally having tea and cookies with Nobunaga in the afterlife because you deserve it.
It’s June 21st, the anniversary of Oda Nobunaga’s death at Honnō-ji.
This is Nobunaga’s 442nd D-Day! Let’s party in the memory of our favorite Fool of Owari. Or, if he’s not your favorite, then just don’t party. Or maybe party anyway because Nobunaga was a pretty big deal. Up to you.
It’s June 12th, so it’s the anniversary of the death of Imagawa Yoshimoto!
This is Yoshimoto’s 454th D-Day! Umm…sorry Okehazama happened.
June 13th, the anniversary of the death of the famous Miyamoto Musashi. Here we are.
This is Musashi’s 339’s D-Day! You died of cancer which is never fun but you left behind quite the legacy. The Book of Five Rings is still famous so good for you sir be proud of yourself.
Nobunaga was born in June, then the Honnoji Incident was in June.
Should June be Oda Month?
Sayuri (早百合) was a concubine of Sassa Narimasa, who was one of Oda Nobunaga’s Horse Guards.
Narimasa had a number of concubines, but it was Sayuri who held the most favor, and this was to a point where it elicited envy from the other women of Narimasa’s court. In (approximately) 1584, Sayuri became pregnant, to Narimasa’s delight. However, things took a bad turn after Narimasa left the region to meet with Tokugawa Ieyasu as his other concubines spread rumors accusing Sayuri of adultery, saying that she was not pregnant with Narimasa’s child, but rather with the child of one of his vassals.
Narimasa dismissed the rumors at first, or at least until he found a sachet of his vassal’s at the doorway to Sayuri’s bedroom (supposedly planted there by another concubine). The story follows that Narimasa, in a rage, grabbed Sayuri by the hair and dragged her to a tree near Jintsu River, by which he hanged her. He then proceeded to butcher her, brutally cutting her to pieces before finally ending her life via beheading.
From here, the Taikoki would have us believe that Sayuri’s face was now twisted into a grotesque expression that starkly betrayed the beauty for which she was once famed, and she cursed Narimasa at the moment of her death:
"My grudge shall become a demon as Narimasa beheads me here today. This animosity shall grow each passing year, not to rest until it brings about the end of even his descendants and his family name."
Narimasa is said to have also gathered together Sayuri’s family (18 people in all), and had them executed and crucified. The exact date of this whole occurrence is unknown, but is argued to have been in 1584 or 1585.
Mere years later (1587 into 1588), Narimasa was defeated by Hideyoshi, and while his life was originally spared and he was given territory in Higo, his alleged acts of defiance afterwards resulted in Hideyoshi having him commit seppuku. His defeat and death are often attributed to Sayuri’s curse in legends.
One version of this tale says that Narimasa was ordered to commit suicide not because of his defiant attitude, but rather over a dispute between Hideyoshi’s wife and favorite concubine, Nene and Chacha respectively.
The way this story goes is that Narimasa surrendered to Hideyoshi and was granted a fief in Higo on Nene’s recommendation. As thanks, Narimasa presented Nene with a black lily. It seems to have been a rare and beautiful flower, so it was a gift Nene delighted in and immediately took to proudly show off to Chacha. She opted to hold a tea party at once so that she might display the flower as a centerpiece, keeping it in a vase of silver.
Days later, Nene found the black lily to have been thrown out presumably on Chacha’s orders, and replaced with an arrangement of bamboo tubes and azaleas that she allegedly thought to be low-class or vulgar. Also presumably from Chacha, Nene got the idea that the black lily was in fact meant to insult her, as its dark coloring was a contrast to her more vibrant, lively personality. Seething with embarrassment, Nene had Narimasa ordered to commit seppuku.
The last two characters of Sayuri’s name (百合) make up the word “lily”, and as such legend has it that the black lily in this story is in fact a reincarnation of Sayuri’s enmity and that its role in Narimasa’s suicide was not coincidental. As a result, it’s sometimes referred to as the Black Lily Legend (黒百合伝説).
-“Taikoki”, Oze Hoan
-“Ehon Taikoki”, Takeuchi Kakusai
Ironically, closing the askbox in an attempt to catch up on answers backfired somehow, so we’re opening it again!
Older questions will still get priority of course, but having questions come in seems to help motivate me to answer quicker so ask away to your heart’s content!
Happy June 3rd! It’s the anniversary of Sanada Yukimura’s death.
This is Yukimura’s 399th D-Day! Your death is pretty legendary bro you went out like a hero good for you
Here we are on June 1st. It’s the anniversary of Tokugawa Ieyasu’s death!
This is Ieyasu’s 398th D-Day! There’s a lot to say about you, good sir. You kinda made a massive impact in Japanese history and then was deified and everything. Records show you as a bit of a jerk but you’re really important and in the end did a lot of good so rest in peace yo