Honnouji is a well-known scene in Japanese history as the site of Daimyo Oda Nobunaga’s final battle. His trusted general, Akechi Mitsuhide launched a rebellion at the temple in 1582, and destroyed Nobunaga’s life and rule. Nobunaga was the most powerful daimyo in late 16th century, and attempted to unify Japan during the Sengoku Period.
“Without destruction, there is no creation, there is no change” – Daimyo Oda Nobunaga
“Tomoe was especially beautiful, with beautiful skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swords woman, a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot, and handled unbroken horses with superb skill; rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword and a mighty bow. She performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors.” – The Tale of The Heike
“The strong manly ones in life are those who understand the meaning of the word patience. Patience means restraining one’s inclinations. There are seven emotions: joy, anger, anxiety, adoration, grief, fear, and hate, and if a man does not give way to these he can be called patient. I am not as strong as I might be, but I have long known and practiced patience. And if my descendants wish to be as I am, they must study patience.” – Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu