This week, we’re going to talk about the impact that the gun had on Sengoku Era Japan, and the ways that it both reinforced and undermined the political trends of the time.
Lidin, Olof G. Tanegashima: The Arrival of Europe in Japan.
Conlan, Thomas. Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior
The Battle of Osaka at the start of the siege in late 1614. I’m including this so you can get a sense of the castle layout; the blue are the defenders, and they’re arrayed around that third outermost wall designed to defend the main keep from cannon fire.
The “Red Demon Armor” of Ii Naomasa. No wonder he got shot.
Negoroji today. The current temple dates to the Edo period, as the earlier one was burned by Hideyoshi to put a stop to their pernicious gunsmithing.
A bronze swivel mounted cannon manufactured at Nobunaga’s Kunitomo gunworks.
These bronze cannon are emblematic of the type of weapons you’d see at Osaka castle.
Today there’s a firearms museum at Kunitomo, and it’s well worth a look. Here are examples of the kind of arquebuses they have on hand.