Mar 23, 2017
Gifu-city's Nobunaga buses
Oda Nobunaga is the most famous warlord of Japan for his ambition to conquer the country during the time of sengoku jidai, and Gifu-city, the city that holds the castle where his legacy began takes pride in it. Sights of Oda Nobunaga can be seen from all over the city, and there is a golden statue of him standing right outside of the train station.
But not just that, the other most prominent sight of the famous samurai is on the city's buses. There are two loop lines that run in the city, and they are all painted green and feature different heroic poses of Oda Nobunaga in action.
And with the loop line being the line on the quickest rotation (which is 15mins per bus, not an impressive number, I know), we can see Oda Nobunaga running around the city all the time.
The inside of the bus is also designed to look like the interior of a castle, welcoming any visitors on the bus and reminding the locals of the pride that we have in being the home of the warlord that changed the country.
Do you have any local historical pride like that being on display everywhere?
I used to live in a town the train station of which is called Kamagaya-Daibutsu, on accounts of a big Buddha statue in the area. Any time there was fairly strong earthquake, the city office would make an announcement through the speakers that the daibutsu was still standing. In case we were worried! Although should there have been an earthquake strong enough to knock it down, I think that would have been the least of our worries.