Ueda Castle, the original home of the Sanada clan, was built in 1583 by Sanada Masayuki. Located in Nagano Prefecture, the castle is noteworthy because the Sanada held off attacks by the Tokugawa army on two occasions, first in 1585 and again in 1600.
During the Siege of Ueda Castle in 1600, Sanada Masayuki and his son Yukimura had but 2,500 defenders at their side, whereas Tokugawa Hidetada commanded an army of 38,000. While the Sanada soundly proved their awesomeness, Hidetada made the biggest mistake of his life. Not only was he unable to take the castle, he completely missed the pivotal battle at Sekigahara, arriving a day late. His father Ieyasu must have been livid.
My daughter and I visited Ueda Castle a few years ago, but I want to mention it at this time because in January 2016 the NHK will present their 55th Taiga drama, "Sanadamaru," which tells the story of Sanada Yukimura. Sakai Masato will play the lead character, and surely Ueda Castle will make an appearance as well.
Most of all, I want to tell you about the Best Webcam Ever! http://live.ueda.ne.jp/ueda1.html
Yes, it is the Ueda Castle webcam - it is live and it even has sound. So, turn up the volume on your device and meditate to the sounds of the rain falling, the wind rustling through the trees, and the constant chirping of the cicadas. Close your eyes and you will feel as if you are there.
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