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03 December 2005 @ 12:14 am
Okay, So... Geek  
Tired... Want to sleep. So what do I do?

Decide that I can't go to bed until I find out the history on some incredibly minor character in MoB is. This guy is so completely minor that he is toast some four pages after he is introduced. And yet, I decide that I cannot sleep until I find out his history.

長野業盛 (Nagano Narimori)

An Uesugi retainer, he was the son of Nagano Narimasa. He inherited Minowa Castle, but was soon attacked by Takeda Shingen, who was trying to get a foothold in the Kanto area. Narimasa committed suicide when the castle fell on February 22. The graves of the Nagano family lords are in Gunma Prefecture, Takasaki City. The rest of the address is listed in The Big Book Of All Things Uesugi Kenshi, should I suddenly feel an urge to visit his grave. Unlikely, since I have other things to do when I am in Takasaki.

I do, however, feel a deep urge to go to the remains of Minowa Castle. (For all that Azuchi appears to have vastly superior ruins... Yes, I am currently filled with the Azuchi-love.) I have been wanting to head out there for years, since reading about some lovely walking tours that go in and around the castle grounds. There are supposed to be some lovely views of Mt. Akina Haruna from the castle grounds.

So, yeah. Not a lot to Nagano Narimori, really. Just as well he got toasted quickly.

Bah, old habits die hard. I Googled this guy (in English and Japanese) before I remembered that he is probably in the Big Book Of Sengoku People that I picked up on my trip.

(As an aside, the Big Book Of Sengoku People is not big enough to have an entry on Naoe Nobutsuna. The Big Book Of All Things Uesugi Kenshin, however, does. Yes, I really am shallow enough to buy a reference book just because it has information on the historical Naoe Nobutsuna. Though in my defense, I will say that it is the ONLY book I have ever found that does. Because he really is that obscure historically.

Both books have an entry on Nagano Narimori. Though I gotta say, he doesn't strike me as being that interesting historically either.)

And now I will away to bed, since I spent several minutes staring at the name "Kouzaki Castle" before I realized 1) that it's actually "Takasaki Castle" and that 2) I've been there. *sweatdrop* Takasaki being, y'know, where the Takahashi brothers live and all*. Because I really am a geek.

(*Uh, I didn't actually go to Takasaki or Takasaki Castle just because the Takahashi brothers live there. I'm not actually that shallow. I was there because 1) it's a major transfer point to stuff all over Gunma, 2) while I was there I figured I might as well check out the castle ruins, 3) they have yuki ichigo there! and 4) I suspect that the real-life corrolary to the gas station in Initial D is there. Although I have not yet managed to actually get out to the location to confirm if I am correct or not, despite tw -- no, three trips to Takasaki. *miff* I'm hoping that the next Japan trip might afford an opportunity to verify if my research is correct, since we will at least be zooming through Takasaki. And with a little conniving luck I might be able to convince folks that hopping off the train to check out the castle ruins is a worthwhile endevour.)

Many appologies to all the folks I owe mail and thank-yous to. I will try to catch up on stuff tommor... er, later today.

Edit: I should have read on. Five pages later the author goes over the same info I had on Narimori. Oh well.
fresnefresne on December 3rd, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
What's so strange about that?
I've been looking up the apples of the Hesperides and the name of Richard III's son (Edward).

Or does that mean we're both really sad.

I really should go to sleep now. Or at the very least, stop editing. The tenses can remain confused until morning. Really, I'll stop typing any minute.
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Sandpanthersandpanther on December 4th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
And hence why I continue through all the dumb yaoi angst* and suffer writing that would usually bring out my inner Bitchcave. It's all about the history, baby!

(* And, oddly enough, not all the yaoi angst is dumb. Some of the angst is perfectly logical. Very twisted logic for sure. But logical nonetheless. It's just the bits that make me scream "No! Put down the Minami Ozaki!!!" that make me want to throw the book across the room. Gah, and all the talking punctuation and the scenes where a character is not introduced and is simply refered to as "the man". Those make me whimper in pain and wonder why I am still reading the series. And then a random historical character shows up or she makes a subtle historical in-joke, and I am again filled with the Kuwabara-sensei-love.)

*ponders whether to type up the latest geography error rant tonight or tomorrow.* Eh, sleep now. Rant tomorrow.
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Sandpanthersandpanther on December 7th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
"the man" is no doubt the lowest of the red shirt cannon fodder. Gets vaporized without a second thought.

She only does the whole "the man" thing when it's someone important. (In the latest case I think it's the new and improved (?) Naoe.) She's just trying to be Mysteeeeeeeeeeeeeerious. Unfortunately, she does it often enough that it just reads like bad fangirl writing.

Well, for the last 70 pages I've read your historical reference and historical character referenced only once has held. (Which reminds me, I have two more people to go look up. These two were already toast before they even appeared in the story. I swear, she only throws these folks in to make sure that I have plenty to research! :)

Seriously, though. For all my complaints, it's actually a good story. Not that it doesn't mean I don't have things to snark.