Motonari Mōri(1497-1571)


Nobunaga’s Ambition:© KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
Mouri Museum Collection.
Nobunaga's Ambition:Innovation. Mōri's BGM in the beginning.

Motonari Mōri is a warlord of Aki.

Aki is now the western part of Hiroshima Prefecture.

His position in "Nobunaga's Ambition" (strategy game)

If we begin Nobunaga's Ambition with Mōri Motonari, he is nearing the end of his life and will find it difficult to rule the country in his own lifetime.
He may pass the generation on to his capable sons, and they may fill the role.
If he starts young, he will lack both national power and vassals, but
Since there are no warlords better than himself in the enemy country
If Motonari is active and waits for his talented sons to come of age, he will have many opportunities.

Another name

King of Plot.

Family Crest

Representative Episodes.

Born into the impoverished Mōri family, Motonaga's life was a series of hardships.
However, he used his strength and tactics to achieve one victory after another.
In the Battle of Itsukushima, the greatest battle of his life, he defeated an army five times his own size.
As a result, he became the champion of the Chugoku region.

Chugoku region.

Political Episodes

There are no notable episodes in the political life of Mōri Motonari.
(His eldest son, Takamoto, also had outstanding political skills.)
However, this does not mean that Motonaga was not a politician.
He was also active as a politician in "Nobunaga's Ambition.
He expanded his territory through battles, but he was able to consolidate the territories he occupied without problems.
He was also a man who cared for his subjects.
There are episodes of his concern for his subjects.
Such meticulous care is one of the charms of Mōri Motonari, a feudal lord of the Warring States period.

He was generally conservative and did not make many reforms like Oda Nobunaga.
This is why the Oda family fell on hard times after Motonari's death.
(This is also true of Takeda Shingen.)

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Family Episodes

Pure love

He was on good terms with his regular wife and had no concubines during his lifetime.
He and his wife were blessed with five children.
One of the tasks of a feudal lord in the Warring States period was to have a son who would be his heir.
It is rare for a daimyo like Motonari to have only one wife.

Three arrows of stability

Although many parts of it are considered fictional in modern times
There is a famous episode called "The Teaching of the Three Arrows.
One arrow is easy to break, but when three are united, they are hard to break.
He hopes that his three sons will continue to be united.

The name of the team of Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan's J-League soccer team is based on this episode.

(San…3 in Japanese. frecce…Arrow in French)

Episodes of battles

Motonari Mōri's life was a series of battles.
At a time when the average life expectancy was 50 years, he lived to be 75 years old.
He continued to fight on the battlefield even after he reached the age of 70.
During his lifetime, he fought in over 200 battles.
He was one of the geniuses of warfare, boasting an 85% victory rate in more than 200 battles during his lifetime.

King of Plot.

He was a genius at warfare itself, but he excelled at plotting to create discord within the enemy.
He sent spies to enemy countries and bribed people in enemy countries.
He would then arrange for the execution or exile of important vassals by the enemy warring feudal lords.
They were strong in the battles themselves, but in many cases, they won before they fought.
Don't call it cowardice. Those were the days of the Warring States period. It was a world of deception.
Winning in this way was effective in reducing the sacrifices of his subjects and maintaining national power.

Other Episodes

Dislike of sacrifice

In those days, when major construction projects were undertaken, people of low status were sacrificed to pray for the success of the work.
Motonari Mōri did not offer sacrifices during important construction work in his own stronghold, but instead placed a stone monument with the inscription
Instead, he placed a stone monument with the inscription "One Million and One Hearts.
Although difficult to understand due to its use of the Chinese character structure
The message is a call for unity among the participants in the construction work.

It is said to have been created due to a lack of historical records.
However, the fact that such an episode has been left behind
This episode is said to have been created due to a lack of historical records, but the fact that such an episode has survived is a testament to the character of Mōri Motonari.

Last days and after death

Nobunaga's Ambition:Innovation. Mōri's BGM at the end of the game.

His life was a series of battles, but he lived a natural life.

The local champion, who spent his life in battle, left his last words to his sons and grandsons: "Do not desire the kingdom of heaven.
Do not desire the kingdom of heaven. Focus on the preservation of the Mōri family, and as far as possible, do not start a war outside of the country.
He lost his parents and older brother at an early age, and killed his younger brother who became his enemy.
He may have been tired of fighting in the end, even though he had aspired to be a champion of the country in his youth.

After Motonari's death, he was cornered by Oda Nobunaga and defeated by Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the Mōri family itself continued to exist, although it declined greatly.
Two hundred and fifty years later, the dynasty created by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the champion of the Warring States period, comes to an end. (Meiji Restoration).
The Mōri family plays a major role at this time.

Perhaps Motonari's last words were the last arrow he fired at the Tokugawa family, the last champion of the Warring States.

Even today, Mōri Motonari is very popular among Hiroshima residents.

  • A life of sorrowful battles
  • A champion who was friendly to those of low rank.
  • The most ingenious and ingenious war genius of the Warring States period.

At first glance, the seemingly contradictory elements of Mōri Motonaga continue to haunt the hearts of the people.

If it appeared in the Fate series, would it be a caster or archer?

Mori Motonari's gravesite at Yoshida Koriyama Castle Ruins

Famous relatives and subjects.


Takamoto Mōri.

Motoharu Kikkawa.

Takakage kobayawa.