Shinsengumi Attack Rebels- Ikedaya Incident, 1864

Ikedaya Incident The Ikedaya Incident, in which members of the Shinsengumi attacked and killed anti-Tokugawa activists thwarting their supposed plans to torch Kyoto, took place 155 years ago on July 8, 1864. The attack is known as the Ikedaya Incident, as the rebel Choshu (modern-day Yamaguchi Prefecture) and Tosa (now Kochi Prefecture) clan samurai had… Read More Shinsengumi Attack Rebels- Ikedaya Incident, 1864

The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum

Details of the museum in English as follows: http://www.ryoma-kinenkan.jp/en/ Copied from the museum’s introduction of Ryoma. Sakamoto Ryoma, born in Kochi in 1835, made a great contribution to Japan’s rapid modernization which marked the end of 700 years of feudal government. The modernized nation he pictured had laws, a parliamentary system and a diplomatic office.… Read More The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum

The Meiji Restoration – A quick rundown

The Meiji Restoration is a very important period in Japan’s history as it reestablished Imperial rule and was the catalyst for the Japanese economy and society to move into the industrial age. 268 years of rule under the Tokugawa shogunate ended, and was eventually replaced with a national parliamentary system. Most members of this parliament… Read More The Meiji Restoration – A quick rundown

Saigo Takamori 西郷隆盛 (1828-1877)

Born in Kagoshima in the Satsuma domain (present-day Kagoshima Prefecture) Saigō Takamori was one of the Satsuma samurai supporting the Meiji Restoration. He has often been called the “last true samurai”. Saigō was an early opponent to the Tokugawa shogunate. He was exiled from 1859 to 1864 to Amami Ōshima island, then returned to assume… Read More Saigo Takamori 西郷隆盛 (1828-1877)