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.
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
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.