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  1. Tatsuoka Castle

    Castle Tatsuoka Castle

    Tatsuoka Castle (龍岡城 Tasuoka-jō) is located in Saku, Nagano Prefecture, and is the site of a pentagon-shaped bastion constructed in the Bakumatsu period, the final years of the Tokugawa shogunate. There are only two star-shaped fortresses in Japan, the other one being the Goryōkaku (五稜郭) Fort in...
  2. Oguri Tadamasa Memorial

    Oguri Tadamasa Memorial

    Memorial place on the banks of the Karasugawa in Mizunuma, Gunma Prefecture, where Oguri Tadamasa was beheaded along with two retainers on April 6, 1868.
  3. Hijikata Toshizo

    Hijikata Toshizo

  4. Kondo Isami

    Kondo Isami

  5. Battle of Hakodate

    Battle of Hakodate

    The Battle of Hakodate (函館戦争の図): the cavalry charge, with a sinking sailship in the background, is led by the leaders of the rebellion in anachronistic samurai attire. French soldiers are shown behind the cavalry charge in white trousers (ca. 1880).
  6. Sakuma Shozan

    Biographies Sakuma Shozan

    Also called Sakuma Zōzan, Shōzan (佐久間象山, 1811-1864) was a progressive samurai intellectual of the Bakumatsu period. Born in Matsushiro, the castle town of the Matsushiro domain (松代藩 Matsushiro-han, modern-day Nagano Prefecture), Shozan studied Chinese learning (漢学) under his father, a...
  7. Shinsengumi

    History Shinsengumi

    The shogunate's hatchet brigade Shinsengumi uniforms (Shinsengumi Museum in Aizuwakamatsu The Shinsengumi (新撰組 or 新選組) was a small elite group of swordsmen commissioned by the Tokugawa shogunate in 1863 as a special police force to counter pro-imperial and anti-shogunate subversion in Kyōto...
  8. Sakamoto Ryoma

    Biographies Sakamoto Ryoma

    A samurai with a vision A pro-imperial activist in the Bakumatsu Period who helped forge the alliance between Satsuma and Chōshū that would eventually topple the Tokugawa shogunate. Sakamoto Ryōma (坂本龍馬, 1836-1867) was born to a rural samurai (郷士 gōshi or 郷侍 gōzamurai) family in the castle town...
  9. Oarai Bakumatsu-Meiji Museum

    Oarai Bakumatsu-Meiji Museum

    The Oarai Bakumatsu-Meiji Museum () in the middle of a camping ground displaying artifacts of the later Edo/early Meiji era, among them many personal items of the Meiji and the Taishi tenno.
  10. Byakkotai

    History Byakkotai

    The Byakkotai (白虎隊, “White Tiger Brigade”) was one of four units, consisting of a few hundred youths, the sons of samurai, organised after the Battle of Toba-Fushimi in March 1868 by the Aizu Domain (会津藩 Aizu-han). The Aizu clan of the Matsudaira (松平, part of the Hoshina clan 保科氏) was closely...
  11. Boshin War

    History Boshin War

    Matsudaira Katamori, the last daimyō of the Aizu Domain The Boshin Civil War (戊辰戦争 Boshin Sensō) was a series of battles that led to the overthrow of the Tokugawa shogunate and the restoration of the imperial rule in Japan. It began with the Battle of Toba-Fushimi (鳥羽・伏見の戦い Toba-Fushimi no...
  12. Oguri Tadamasa

    Biographies Oguri Tadamasa

    Oguri Tadamasa was a controversial Tokugawa bureaucrat whose efforts contributed to the modernisation of Japan at the end of the shogunate and the beginning of the Meiji Period and whose insistent calls for resistance against the forces of Satsuma and Choshu would cost him his life. Oguri...
  13. Meiji Restoration

    History Meiji Restoration

    The Meiji Restoration, in Japanese called Meiji ishin (明治維新), denotes events that started during the bakumatsu in the late Edo period and lasted until 1868, resulting in the restoration of imperial rule in Japan. It not only brought about political and economic change but lead to a veritable...
  14. Kamiya Kaoru

    I'm writing a fiction novel set in the Bakumatsu

    Yeah, I am; then I'm putting it into manga format. The title is "Welcome to My Nightmare" but I was wondering if someone could please translate it to grammatically correct Japanese? Second, I was wondering if any of you knew the name and techniques of a budo? (As the story is set in the...
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