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Book III Ōta Izumi Composed This. Genki 1 [1570], The Year Of Metal Senior And The Horse

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On the 3rd of the Third Month, Nobunaga summoned sumo wrestlers from throughout Ōmi Province and watched them compete in Jōrakuji. Nobunaga summoned before him the two wrestlers who had won the most bouts, Namazue Mataichiro and Aoji Yoemon, gave each of them a sword and a dagger with gold-encrusted sheaths. From this day they were admitted to Nobunagas vassal band and were appointed sumo commissioners, the ultimate of honors for both men the gold-encrusted sheaths. On the 5th of the Third Month, Nobunaga arrived in Kyoto. The most famous objects of art in the realm were the tea ceremony articles. The owners, who could not possibly disobey Nobunagas orders, presented the articles without demur. On the 14th of the Fourth Month, Kanze-Dayū and Konparu-Dayū held a joint Noh performance to celebrate the completion of work on the shogunal residence. The shogun poured Nobunagas cup according to the sangon ceremony.

Keywords: Ōmi Province; dagger; Genki; Horse; Kyoto; objects of art; shogunal residence; sumo wrestlers; sword; The Year Of Metal Senior

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