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The Hospitable Military Commander Corps of Nagoya

The Hospitable Military Commander Corps of Nagoya © Nagoya Omotenashi Busho-Tai Secretariat

“The hospitable military commander corps of Nagoya

There were six military commanders and four soldiers (wearing straw hats instead of regular helmets) from “Jingasa-tai”that had a special connection with Nagoya, and they were based at Nagoya Castle. Speaking of the history and culture of Nagoya, there are various activities that are taking place. The following six famous military commanders were the core members during the civil war period: Nobunaga Oda, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toshiie Maeda, Kiyomasa Kato, and Keiji Maeda.

Every day tourists are welcome to Nagoya Castle, and such things as tours and commemorative photography are offered. If you visit on a Saturday, Sunday, or national holiday, there are exciting performances that you enjoy such as sword fights, short plays, Japanese drums being played, and dances by people wearing armour.

Everyone is dressed authentically, and they also have a wealth of knowledge about that time period. Also, because the costumes faithfully reproduce what people were wearing at that time, you can soak in the history of Nagoya Castle that was present in the world around 400 years ago.

Nagoya Castle: A place that has a special connection with Samurai

Nagoya Castle is a place that has a special connection with three ruling-class people named Nobunaga Oda, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, and where the history of Japan was changed. Also this vassal has many people that come from this region, and their descendants were posted at various castles throughout Japan. In the Edo Period (1603-1868), the entire country’s governance was entrusted to about 70 percent of the Samurai, and these Samurai were also said to have family roots in Aichi.

Samurai such as these lived in castles with some of the best structures, and “the hospitality of Nagoya’s military commander corps” was the way of activity at Nagoya Castle. Although the castle tower has been reconstructed, it is very magnificent and worth seeing. There are famous gold objects of imaginary animals such as a “killer whale” that decorate the eaves of the castle tower.

Additionally, during the civil war period (1467-1590) the representative battles that took place in the Nagoya area were the “Battle of Okehazama” and the “Battle of Nagashino”, and this is currently the Historic Site of those battles.

Japanese culture that can be felt from the Samurai

It is said that “the hospitable military commander corps of Nagoya” abide by “good old Japanese virtues”, and these virtues are the creed of the Samurai. This is Japanese etiquette, and consists of sympathy, devotion, modesty, sincerity, and valour. These virtues have built up the marvelous traditional culture of Japan. The spirit of the ten Samurai will be introduced to everyone through a variety of performances. Let’s experience Japanese culture in the midst of “the hospitable military commander corps of Nagoya”!

名古屋おもてなし武将隊事務局 / Nagoya Omotenashi Busho-Tai Secretariat

Nagoya Omotenashi Busho-Tai is an actor group set up in 2009 in order to promote Nagoya and welcome tourists from all over the world.