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2018年12月24日

Japan Castle Expo 2018

Heading back home to Nagoya now after a day at the Japan Castle Expo. I was one of the seminar presenters today, with the theme being what non- Japanese see as the attraction and interest in Samurai castles. Filled our 150 seat limited space as fellow castle enthusiast, Andrew Autry and I chatted about the castles we’ve been to, and why we study them! The Castle Expo is an annual event, and also the gathering place for the nation’s top castle researchers and specialists!

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My book, SAMURAI CASTLE Bilingual Guide, on sale at Castle EXPO

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With Andrew Autry doing a talk show on Foreigners interest in Japanese castles

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With Shunputei Shouta, Japan’s top Rakugo comic and castle fan

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With Castle EXPO coordinator Kato San,  history writer Hirayama Yu,  and samurai castle researchers Kato Masafumi and Professor Nakai Hitoshi.

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2018年12月24日
2018年12月15日

Buratamori Book

The latest edition of the Buratamori TV series book is out now! Buratamori is a hugely popular NHK TV show in which Japan’s premier comedian and host, Tamori visits various regions, meets local historians and specialists, and discovers the history, culture and geographical features.
I was one of the specialists introducing the major samurai warlord, Oda Nobunaga, on the Gifu visit last year, and appear between pages 80-101…if you’re up for some X-mas reading,… In Japanese…

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2018年12月15日
2018年06月19日

Iron Man 70.3 in Tokoname

My company, PPF, provided the interpreters for the Iron Man Participants’ visit to Tokoname Junior High today. The Iron Man Japan series took place in the ancient kiln town of Tokoname, south of Nagoya city over the weekend. Today, 10 of the Iron Man challengers from Australia, Germany, the US and Japan visited the school, took part in a series of fun Iron Man events against the kids, enjoyed a lunch and a talked to the students. Great piece of international friendship and sports rolled into one!

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2018年06月19日
2018年06月16日

Talk Show ” Sengoku × Meiji “

Been a busy day, doing a history related talk show and shooting a tv show at the same time. Spent the day in Gifu City with TV announcer Azuma san and renown history author Ubukata To doing a talk show in front of a packed auditorium of about 500! Both Ubukata San and I have published books on the Battle Of Sekigahara, the greatest samurai battle in history… And so we presented each other with signed copies of each other’s work. Had a book signing after the talk show too! We also got the chance to see Gifu Library’s two prized antique maps of the Sekigahara battlefield! Absolutely fantastic!

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2018年06月16日
2018年06月04日

Nagoya Castle’s Honmaru Goten Palace

MC’d the opening of the final stages of the now 100% complete Nagoya Castle Honmaru Goten Palace today! It opens to the public next week! This final third section is known as the Jorakuden, and was made exclusively to accommodate the Shogun on his trips between Edo (Tokyo) and the Emperor’s palace in Kyoto. Nagoya Castle’s Honmaru Goten was the finest, most elegant of all the palaces, richly decorated in gold and lacquer, with art works by the most talented of the leading Kano School of Art. Everything has been 100% authentically created by hand, by the remaining leading traditional craftsmen. Besides an audience chamber, entertainment space and sleeping rooms, it also features a steam bath. One of the highlights is the gorgeous transom, hand carved from a single slab of wood, and painted with vivid colours. This is the ultimate in samurai architecture and art! This is a must see! Enjoy these few advance photos.

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My article for Japan Guide regarding the new Nagoya Castle Honmaru Goten Palace,…
Japan’s most gorgeous palace!
https://www.japan-guide.com/ad/nagoya/




2018年06月04日
2018年02月13日

Free English Tours of Sekigahara!

Free English Tours of Sekigahara!

Thanks to Gifu Prefecture and Sekigahara Town, I’ll be hosting two free tours of Sekigahara, site of the greatest and most decisive samurai battle in history.
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The tour includes a look at the battlefields, a full English explanation of the lead up to the battle, as well as details on the battle itself, the participants, and the result of this major turning point in Japan’s history.

The itinerary is slightly different each tour, The March 10 tour offers tour members the chance to wear samurai armour and learn a number of swordfighting techniques. The March 17 tour includes working with a traditional swordsmith to make a samurai knife, which can be taken home as a souvenir.

The tour is open to non-Japanese currently residing in Japan only, and numbers are limited to the first 20 respondents for each tour. Check the details below! Bookings can be made by email to: sekigaharatours@gmail.com

Tour Navigator / Chris Glenn
Radio DJ / TV presenter

Sekigahara Tourism Ambassador, samurai history and culture researcher and author of the English book, “The Battle of Sekigahara“, Chris Glenn will guide you through the entire tour, providing information and answering any questions.



2018年02月13日
2017年06月14日

The Battle of Okehazama – Nobunaga’s Victory Road-

Just took part as guest speaker at the 457th anniversary of the Battle Of Okehazama event on the old battlefield itself.

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In 1560, local warlord Oda Nobunaga with just 2,500 samurai defended his lands from an encroaching army of 25,000+ enemy Imagawa troops. (some estimates put the enemy numbers at 40,000!) On June 11, the Imagawa captured two important Oda held fortresses, establishing a firmer base with which to conquer Nobunaga’s territories. The following day, June 12, Nobunaga’s small but determined forces attacked the main headquarters of the Imagawa forces, killing their leader, Imagawa Yoshimoto. With most of the Imagawa generals also killed in this short, swift attack, the main Imagawa body was lost. This battle greatly enhanced Nobunaga’s reputation, and set him on the road to national domination.

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Todays topic centered on Nobunaga, the man, as well as how he managed to topple such a huge enemy force. Great to see such a huge turnout, and to launch the new tourist route, Nobunaga’s Victory Road, following Nobunaga’s path from his castle at Kiyosu, 6km north west of Nagoya Castle, to Atsuta Shrine, where he paid his respects, before attacking the Imagawa at Okehazama in the southern suburbs of Nagoya City.

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