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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The annual Shinsengumi Festival in Hino city.
10-11 May
http://www.shinsenhino.com/shinsengumi/arcs/0400_fes/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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The last Shinsengumi commander Soma Kazue's journal was found and will be displayed in Hino Shinsengumi museum next year.

But No confirmed source.
I picked it up from this blog.
http://funnyaranya.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/112/

The museum displayed Yamazaki Susumu's journal 2(3?) years ago but they don't publish yet.


I went to see the journal last Sunday.
You can see some pictures here.
http://www.city.hino.tokyo.jp/shinsenr/

I also bought the full text but there wasn't any new discovery.
I expected some details about last days of Kondo and Hijikata.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Descendants of Ikumatsu' family visit Katsura Kogoro(Kido Takayoshi)'s house.
Ikumatsu was Katsura's wife.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/kyoto/news/20080514-OYT8T00073.htm
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The famous Oryo portrait is confirmed as Oryo by Japanese National Research Institute of Police Science.
http://dailynews.yahoo.co.jp/photograph/pickup/
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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The famous Oryo portrait is confirmed as Oryo by Japanese National Research Institute of Police Science.
http://dailynews.yahoo.co.jp/photograph/pickup/

Or, at least, when they compared the photograph, which is that of a woman in her 30's, with a confirmed photograph of her in her 60's, there is no reason not to think it is hers.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
"O-oku time cupsule" Excavation of Tokugawa grave site in Kan'ei-ji.
They've found more than 1000 items in the graves.
There are some pics at the links.
Link1
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The article says Tokugawa clan is going to reinterment the graves so they let scholars excavate.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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徳川宗家18代当主徳川恒孝氏が、維持管理のため点在する墓所の集約を決断。谷中霊園にある25の墓を寛永寺境内の将軍墓に改葬するにあたり、発掘調査した。


They are going to move Tokugawa graves in Yanaka cemetery to Kan'ei-ji.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Cosplay tour in Kyoto.
The theatrical company Nagarebashi is going to offer the historical costumes used in Uzumasa studio to tourists in Kyoto.
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080618-00000021-kyt-l26
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
15 teenagers in Miyagi arrested for the charge of duel.The law was established in Meiji period.
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/crime/080716/crm0807161320023-n1.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
American exchange students play Kunisada Chuji at a retirement house.

http://www.raijin.com/news/a/13/news02.htm
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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15 teenagers in Miyagi arrested for the charge of duel.The law was established in Meiji period.
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/crime/080716/crm0807161320023-n1.htm

Since I cannot read Japanese,I wonder if anyone actually spilled blood? Was it a sword duel?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
A.L.Mundell wrote:
Since I cannot read Japanese,I wonder if anyone actually spilled blood? Was it a sword duel?

There were some injuries, broken noses and arms and such. The weapons were metal pipes, bokken (wooden swords), "Meriken Sakku", which catches fingers, etc.

What I know about dueling is from fiction, but I believe in western tradition dueling is one-to-one, both persons using the weapon selected by the person challenged. If they use pistols each person gets one shot, if swords, they stop after the first blood, so you could have a duel with no serious injuries.
But in Japan it seems there was no limit to the number on each side--it could be 10 to 1--and no limit on weapons. Is that right? Also, when did the duel officially end? When everyone on one side was killed (or escaped)?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Kyoto city is going to investigate the Teradaya Inn.
Many historicans have claimed the Teradaya Inn was reconstructed in Meiji.
The Inn has been advertising the house has remained since Bakumatsu, there is a bullet hole and Katana scar.
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/culture/academic/080902/acd0809022342007-n1.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Aizu Wakamatsu castle plans to change the roof tiles to original red tiles.
http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0919/TKY200809190278.html(picture)

I didn't know the castle originaly had red roofs.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I wanted to post this earlier but I had hard time to connect here.

There was the Boshin War 140th anniversary symposium in Aizu Wakamatsu city last month and guests were descendants of

松平保久氏(会津藩) Matsudaira Yasuhisa (Aizu han)
松平定純氏(桑名藩) Matsudaira Sadasumi (Kuwana han)
伊達泰宗氏(仙台藩) Date Yasumune (Sendai han)
酒井忠久氏(庄内藩) Sakai Tadahisa (Shonai han)
牧野忠昌氏(長岡藩) Maikino Tadamasa (Nagaoka han)
上杉邦憲氏(米沢藩) Uesugi Kuninori (Yonezawa han)
And
徳川恒孝 Tokugawa Tsunenari (Tokugawa Soke)

Isn't awesome?

http://local.election.ne.jp/kanke/7264.html
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well known Shinsengumi researcher Asakura Yu discovered Yasutomi Saisuke's life after Hakodate.
Yasutomi Saksuke is known for reporting Hijikata's death to his family in Hino and he was believed to be assassinated in 1871.
According to her reserach, Yasutomi was confined in Ashimori han where he's from and died there in 1873.
http://www.sanyo.oni.co.jp/sanyonews/2008/11/10/2008111022572148006.html

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Much of history lies below the surface

BY EIICHI MIYASHIRO AND YUKI OGAWA

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

2009/5/15

Research of ruins on seabeds and in lakes or rivers is increasing in Japan, where many sites are yet to be fully explored.

In Kushimoto in Wakayama Prefecture, the U.S.-based Institute of Nautical Archaeology held an excavation survey January and February of the Ertugrul, a Turkish warship that went down off the coast during the Meiji Era (1868-1912).

The 2,344-ton wooden battleship of the Ottoman Empire's navy was on its return voyage after paying a courtesy call on Emperor Meiji in 1890 when the ship was caught in a storm, run aground and went down.

All but 69 of the 650 souls on board perished in the disaster.

The story of the brave rescue efforts by local residents remains a part of Turkish historical lore to this day.

The survey team, led by Turkish archaeologist Tufan Turanli, consisted of members from Turkey, Spain and Japan. The survey began in fiscal 2006.

This year, the team salvaged 3,513 items, including armaments, broken ceramic pieces, coins and a large cooking pot.

The rest here: http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200905150069.html
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
When Iran-Iraq war started in 1985, the Japanese residents in Iran left behind in the airport.
While all other foreigners were saved by the airplanes which their government sent, the Japanese goverment didnt do nothing for the Japanese citizens.
Then a Turkish airplane arrived at the airport and saved the Japanese.
Later the Turkish government said "We never forget the rescue efforts of the Ertugrul."
http://sisikaikan.at.infoseek.co.jp/607hamo/turky.html
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Descendant of Nagakura Shinpachi and Tani Sanjuro.
http://8614.teacup.com/hijikata/bbs/2574
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Eejanaika reenactment in Ise.
http://iseshima.keizai.biz/headline/829/
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Bakumatsu bar "Yan'nahare" Shibuya
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-MB7oyyTVE
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Bomb threat on Hino Shinsengumi Festival.
3000 people evacuated.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5YoCiUeMAc


Hijikata Toshizo cosplayer arrested for carrying "fake sword".
http://www.ytv.co.jp/press/mainnews/TI20075084.html
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Children experience girl laborers in Meiji period acrossing mountain to go to silk factories in Nagano.
http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/nagano/20120521/CK2012052102000024.html (picture)

In reality, girls crossed the mountains(edge of north alps) in December and January so there was heavy snow.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Arimura Kunitomo the descendant of Arimura Jizaemon who was one of the assassins in Sakuradamon Incident runs for Hikone city mayor election.
http://www.asahi.com/politics/update/0410/OSK201304100023.html

Sakuradamon Incident
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRc5ZDO6zng
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:38 pm    Post subject: Shikisoku's quote from Aug. 18, 2008 Reply with quote
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74 Years Later, an Honor for California's First Japanese American Winemaker
By Lynda Lin, Assistant Editor
Published by the Pacific Citizen on August 3, 2007

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Nagasawa was born Hikosuke Isonaga in 1852, as the fourth son of a Satsuma Clan samurai, Confucian scholar, stone carver and astronomer. In 1865, at 13, he along with 14 other Japanese men were chosen to go to Europe to study the ways of the Western world. During this time, Japan was closed to the world, so the young men were smuggled out of Japan's Kagoshima Harbor and first taken to Hong Kong. There, Hikosuke Isonaga cut his hair into a short Western-style crop, put on Western clothes and became Kanaye Nagasawa.

Nagasawa settled in England and Scotland for several years to study Western medicine before meeting Thomas Lake Harris, a utopian religious leader whose teachings Nagasawa began to follow. Harris established a community called the Brotherhood of the New Life on the shores of Lake Erie. Harris sent Nagasawa to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York to study winemaking.

http://www.pacificcitizen.org/content/2007/national/aug3-lin-nagasawa.htm


Reading this today and I recognized that Mori Arinori also went to England at the same time as Nagasawa, met Thomas Lake Harris, became a Christian and followed him to the utopian community, too. Two other famous Meiji men who went to London in 1865 were Inoue Kaoru (Monta) and Ito Hirobume (Shunsuke), but of course, they were called back to Japan to take part in the struggle to topple the Shogunate.

Unlike Nagasawa, Mori returned to Japan then came back to the U.S. as the first Japanese ambassador to the U.S. He was there when the Iwakura Mission arrived
with Kido Takayoshi, Okubo Toshimichi and Ito in 1872. It seemed that the other men saw Mori as an upstart at that time.

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