Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tenchijin: The Honnoji Incident

I just finished watching the Tenchijin Honnoji Incident episode. It was pretty intense. This taiga drama is the most intense and graphic of any I have seen, and that includes Shinsengumi which could have been much more violent but wasn't. I think the battle imagery in Tenchijin is pretty cool. The computer generated overview of the battles are pretty cool.

Nobunaga met his fate at the Honnoji temple. Too bad, I like Nobunaga. It would have been great to see him crush all his opponents and unify the country. I also like the actor that played the part of Oda Nobunaga. Interesting that the show implied that Nobunaga had a chance to ecape but chose to stay. My guess is that in reality, Mitsuhide would have had Honnoji completely surrounded preventing any chance of escape.

I liked the dream sequence where Uesugi Kenchin visits Nobunaga as Nobunaga is about to die where he tells him he does not have what it takes to be a good leader. Nobunaga does not have "tenchijin". I don't recall what tenchijin means. Can someone tell me again what is meant by "tenchijin?"

I especially liked how Nobunaga visited Mitsuhide as Mitsuhide was dying and told him the same. I guess it means that both Hideyoshi and Ieyasu do have tenchijin. The show was accurate in regards to how Mitsuhide died. They showed Mitsuhide being killed by a group of peasants. According the book Japonius Tyrannus, after Hideyoshi's army crushed Mitsuhide's army after the Honnoji Incident, Mitsuhide tried to escape but was attacked and killed by local peasants. Later, Hideyoshi collected Mitsuhide's head and presented it to Nobunaga at his grave.


  1. Ten-chi-jin (天地人) means something like "Heaven and Earth Person" and there are many stories and manga with this theme. Usually, it has a sense of classic history, of an bygone era when mysterious things tended to happen to ordinary people. Tenchi Muyo! for example, was a story set in modern Tokyo, with all kinds of historical references that you might enjoy.

    So, to say that Nobunaga Oda was not a Tenchijin (in a dream, no less) would imply that he needed to hear that he just wasn't cut out to be a great leader, not having the right stuff to be a "Supreme Commander" or "Hail the Chief!" kind of guy. Exit Mr Oda, enter Tokugawa Ieyasu.

  2. Thank you. That is what I recall from the episode.

  3. Anonymous12:47 PM

    There was an explanation given by Kanetsugu early on in the series. I think it was during hte first meeting with Nobunaga.
    "Ten" is having a mandate from heaven to rule (or just luck)
    "Chi" is being in control of key geographic areas
    "Jin" is having people skills and the backing of the people
    So to be a supreme ruler, one needs all three. Nobunaga obviously lacked "Jin".

  4. Mitsuhide did not have "Jin" as well. Or Chi for that manner.