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While many samurai are remembered for their martial prowess, Ota Gyuichi etched his name in history through his literary contributions.

Born in 1527 in Ajiki village, now part of Kita Ku, Nagoya City, Ota Gyuichi, also known as Ota Matasuke Nobusada, was raised in the Jokan-Ji Temple before becoming a valued samurai in the Oda forces. He served as an esteemed administrator, earning the trust of Oda Nobunaga.

Renowned for his archery skills, Gyuichi gained recognition from Nobunaga for his battlefield exploits. During a notable battle, he climbed a thatched-roof house to rain arrows upon the enemy, catching Nobunaga's attention and leading to archery instruction sessions.

Yet, Gyuichi's true legacy lies in his writings. His most famous work, "Shincho Koki" or "The Chronicles of Lord Nobunaga," offers a firsthand account of Nobunaga's actions and achievements. Gyuichi's commitment to accuracy extended to pioneering investigative journalism, interviewing individuals involved in significant events, such as Nobunaga's death.

Although much of Gyuichi's original work was lost in World War II bombings, copies of "Shincho Koki" endure, along with his family's diary, "Ota-ke Bon." These writings have significantly enriched modern understanding of Japan's Sengoku period and its key figures, including Oda Nobunaga.

"Shincho Koki" propelled Gyuichi to fame, but he also penned works on Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the Battle of Sekigahara. His final resting place is in the Funichi Temple, Ikeda City, Osaka. Ota Gyuichi didn't just feature in history books—he authored them.

 


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