Obata Masamori (- 1582)

Obata Masamori
Obata Masamori

History

Obata Masamori uma jirushi (personal banner) Uma jirushi

Obata Masamori is also known as Obata Nobusada. He was the son of Obata Toramori, and came from western Kozuke. He fled Kozuke and joined the Takeda around 1560. The following year, his fief was restored to him by Takeda Shingen.

As coming from a province conquered by the Takeda he belonged to the "sakikata-shu" (the group of vanquished enemies) within the Takeda establishment, but proved himself repeatedly by loyal service. He fought for the Takeda at Mimasetoge (1569) and Mikatagahara (1573). At Nagashino (1575) he supplied one of the biggest individual contributions to the Takeda army, at 500 mounted samurai and 1000 followers. In the centre company, commanded by Takeda Nobukado, he charged the Oda line beside the other Kozuke warlords. Eventually, as the Takeda army made no headway, the attack was called off but not until grave losses had been suffered. Wounds received at Nagashino would lead to Masamori's death.

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Heraldry

Obata Masamori uma jirushi (personal banner) Obata Masamori uma jirushi (personal banner)

Obata Masamori follower sashimono Quite possibly his follower's sashimono (back banner) were similar to his uma jirushi.

However, this sashimono is found in the Obata museum. I do not know the caption the item has; Turnbull (The samurai source book) states: "He (Masamori) is also credited with a mon of a bamboo design on an uchiwa fan shape, and a leaf-shaped mon appears on a suit of armour and a jinbaori he is known to have owned". Hence, giving his followers this sashimono seems to me to be plausible. (Masamori's father Obata Toramori has a leaf-shaped design on his white uma jirushi).

Pictures

I have depicted Obata Masamori on foot, personally leading a small contingent of ashigaru. The ashigaru are scantily equipped, some with different pieces of armour but most without, and are probably pressed hastily into service following a crisis. If Masamori ever had such a lowly position in battle, it would have been very early in his career indeed! His banner bearer and the unit standard bearer, as well as some front-rank men, are well equipped with standard-issue ashigaru armour and weapons.

Obata Masamori
Obata Masamori

Obata Masamori
Obata Masamori

Obata Masamori
Obata Masamori

Obata Masamori
Obata Masamori

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