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II-3. What role did Saito Hajime play in Ito's downfall?

 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 5:10 am    Post subject: II-3. What role did Saito Hajime play in Ito's downfall? Reply with quote
When Ito seceded from the Shinsengumi to form the 'Kodai-ji Faction', he gave Kondo the excuse that it was done so in order to spy on the Choshu and Satsuma forces. Kondo didn't believe one word of it and assigned Saito, who was on good terms with Ito, to join the group and report back to him of their activities. This paid off handsomely when Ito decided to set fire to Shinsengumi HQ and kill the members of the group as they fled the building (this was in response to the murder of several of his spies that he had left in the Shinsengumi being murdered and the rest of his agents drummed out). Saito informed Kondo. Kondo invited Ito to a banquet under the auspices of providing him with money to fund his groups activities (incredibly, Ito believed himself to still be in Kondo's good graces and accepted). On the way home from the banquet, Ito paid the price for his lack of vision and was murdered along with the members of his entourage (the 'Aburakoji-Shichijo Incident, named for the crossroads where the Shinsengumi afterwards placed the bodies). When other members of the Ito group attempted to recover the bodies, four more were slain, leaving only four terrified followers of Ito alive. Thus ended this particular threat to the Shinsengumi.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
B-I-N-G-O! Saito was indeed Kondo's spy within the Kodaiji faction.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
How did Saito contact Kondo while in the Goryo Eji?
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