Shinchō kōki

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Shinchō kōki preserved in a Kyoto museum named Yōmei Bunko (ja:陽明文庫)

Shinchō kōki (信長公記), is the chronicle of Oda Nobunaga, compiled in Edo period based on records by Ōta Gyūichi (太田牛一), a warrior who followed Nobunaga. Shinchō kōki covers from 1568, when Nobunaga entered Kyoto until he died in 1582. The compiled chronicle consists of 16 volumes and is considered "mostly factual"[1] and "reliable".[2] There are number of manuscripts with different titles, as Azuchiki (安土記) and Shinchōki (信長記).[3] The Chronicle is not only often quoted on the subjects related to Oda Nobunaga himself, but on other subjects as well, such as the art of tea.[4]

Reflecting the popularity of Oda Nobunaga, versions of the Chronicle re-written in modern Japanese that were published in recent years have sold nearly ten thousand copies all together.[5]


  1. ^ S. Brownlee, John (1991). Political thought in Japanese historical writing. Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. p. 140. ISBN 0-88920-997-9.
  2. ^ Bailey Sansom, George (1961). A history of Japan, 1334-1615. Stanford University Press. p. 423. ISBN 0-8047-0525-9.
  3. ^ Digitized versions are available on the Electronic Library of the Japanese National Diet Library.
  4. ^ An example search on Google Books.
  5. ^ "Azuma Kagami, Nihon Shoki and yet more historical documents translated into modern Japanese (吾妻鏡」に「日本書記」… 史書の現代語版、出版続々)" (in Japanese). The Asahi Shimbun. 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2009-03-26.