Takeda Nobukado (1529-1582)

Takeda Nobukado
Takeda Nobukado leading a column of ashigaru wielding nagae yari (long spears)

History

Takeda Nobukado uma jirushi (personal banner) Uma jirushi

Nobukado was Takeda Shingen's younger brother, and known as a man of learning and culture. He painted and some of his works still survive today. After Nobushige's death he functioned as leader of the shinrui (relatives) group within the Takeda establishment. He lived at a manor in Sakurai village but held various posts as j˘dai (commander) of different castles. He was j˘dai of Fukashi Castle from 1570 - 1571, and went from there to command of Takat˘ Castle, which he held until his young brother Nishina Morinobu was old enough to take over. Resembling Shingen, the Koyo Gunkan claims he served as his double on several occasions.

Nobukado normally served in Shingen's headquarters unit so we rarely hear of him in battle. However, at the 4th Kawanakajima, he was at the left wing of Shingen's main body with 80 horsemen and at least 160 followers on foot. Nobukado was in command of the Takeda centre at the Battle of Nagashino, in command of 4000 troops from Ina in addition to his own 600. He survived the battle but was killed by Oda troops as they later invaded the Takeda lands.

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Heraldry

Takeda Nobukado uma jirushi (personal banner) Takeda Nobukado uma jirushi (personal banner)

Takeda Nobukado follower sashimono The sashimono (back banner) used by Takeda Nobukado's followers was probably identical to his uma jirushi. Bands of colour usually denoted different regiments or divisions within each leader's entourage.

Pictures

Takeda Nobukado
Takeda Nobukado leading a column of ashigaru wielding nagae yari (long spears)

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Takeda Nobukado

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Takeda Nobukado defending a village against seaborne assault

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Takeda Nobukado

Takeda Nobukado
Takeda Nobukado

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