Rinsho of Oda Nobunaga's kaoh(seal of approval)

Written Material : Jun Kindei made by Kyoto Sizendo(24K fine gold)
Handwritten by Mukansa(unattested) Suiun Arikawa.
Framed : approx. 7.2*5.24inch(183*133mm) wooden

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Oda Nobunaga (May 12, 1534 [June 23, 1534] – June 2, 1582 [June 21, 1582]) was a Japanese military commander and feudal lord during the Sengoku and Azuchi-Momoyama periods. He was one of the three great warriors of the Warring States period.

He was born in Owari Province (present-day Aichi Prefecture). He was the eldest son of Oda Nobuhide. After settling the turmoil of the battle for governor, he defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto at the Battle of Okehazama and expanded his power. He went to Kyoto in support of Ashikaga Yoshiaki, and later, by ousting Yoshiaki, established his own central government centered in the Kinai region and became the ruler of the country. However, on June 2, Tensho 10 (June 21, 1582), he was rebelled by his vassal Akechi Mitsuhide and committed suicide at Honnoji Temple.

Nobunaga’s regime was a landmark one that set the trend toward the Toyotomi regime established by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the Edo shogunate opened by Tokugawa Ieyasu, and his political methods were also innovative.