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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:50 pm    Post subject: 2. Why did some of the Roshigumi head back to Edo while... Reply with quote
2. Why did some of the Roshigumi head back to Edo while others stayed in Mibu?

Hey! I get to finish the Kiyokawa story. The Shogunate representatives, being understandably angry at Kiyokawa for betraying the trust they had put in him, looked for ways to remove what they saw as a now dangerous group of Loyalist ronin in Kyoto at the worst possible time. This had to be done without seeming to dishonor the sanction that they had been given by the Emperor. They hit upon the simple yet elegant solution of ordering the Roshigumi back to Edo (since, after all, they were still paying the bills) under the cover story of their being needed to guard against a foreign invasion of Yokohama. This removed the ronin from Kyoto, ostensibly complied with the Emperor's wish to expel the foreigners, and even made Kiyokawa happy (at least until he was murdered shortly thereafter). It was an excellent solution to what could have been a major fiasco for the Bakufu.
Not all of the ronin decided to return to Edo, however. Kondo Isami and the seven swordsmen he had brought with him, along with Serizawa Kamo and 4 of his flunkies, decided that they had signed on to protect the Shogun, and protect the Shogun they would. These 13 made the decision to remain in Mibu and they formed the core of the Shinsengumi.
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