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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 12:19 am    Post subject: My recommendation of Shinsengumi books Reply with quote
I'll post reviews of Japanese Shinsengumi books.


% of Fact/Fiction is my estimate.


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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Shimozawa Kan's 3 Shinsengumi books.

1.Shinsengumi Shimatsuki 1928 新選組始末記
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4122027586/503-2695934-6143100
Fact 100%
Fiction 0%
Digestive story of Shinsengumi.
This book is the base of all the Shinsengumi research.

2.Shinsengumi Ibun 1929 新選組遺聞
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4122027829/503-2695934-6143100
Fact 100%
Fiction 0%
Testimonies of Shinsengumi survivers or people who were related to Shinsengumi.
Famous Yagi Tamesaburo's testimony is in this book.
(Yagi Tamesaburo was Yagi Gennojo's son, Shinsengumi stayed in their house in Mibu, Kyoto)

3.Shinsengumi Monogatari 1931 新選組物語
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4122027950/503-2695934-6143100
Fact 100%
Fiction 0%
Short stories of minor Shinsengumi members.


All the Shimozawa Kan's books suppose to be nonfiction because they were according to the testimonies.
But some people have pointed out that he might added fictions.
Nobody knows for sure.
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Moeyo Ken 1962 燃えよ剣
Shiba Ryotaro
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/410115208X/503-2695934-6143100
Fact 45%
Fiction 55%
Classic novel of Hijikata Toshizo.
This novel created strong image of Hijikata(Rowdy, womanizer)
One of most popular shinsengumi book.
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Bakumatsu Shinsengumi 幕末新選組
Ikenami Shotaro
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4167142848/503-2695934-6143100
Fact80%
Fiction20%
People say if this is the first Shinsengumi book for you, you will fall in love with Nagakura Shinpachi.
Nagakura is known as one of best swordman in Bakumatsu.
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Meiji Burai-den 1996 明治無頼伝
Nakamura Akihiko
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4041906091/503-2695934-6143100
Fact70%
Fiction30%
Story of Saito Hajime after Meiji restoration.
The Aizu samurai's lives of distress in Tonami and Tabanematsu incident.
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Shinsengumi Nikki(Shinsengumi journals)新選組日記
Kimura Yukihiko
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4569630081/503-2695934-6143100
Fact 100%
Fiction 0%
Original Text and translation to modern Japanese of Roushi Bunkyu Hokokukiji by Nagakura Shinpachi and Shimada Kai Nikki by Shimada Kai.
Both were Shinsengumi members who survived Meiji restration.
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Crying or Very sad Wah!! They're all in Japanese! You have no idea how frustrating that is for me!
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm hoping someone to publish English version of the books. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
shikisoku wrote:
Meiji Burai-den 1996 明治無頼伝
Nakamura Akihiko


This one first I hope!!!
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
shikisoku wrote:
Shimozawa Kan's 3 Shinsengumi books.

1.Shinsengumi Shimatsuki 1928 新選組始末記
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4122027586/503-2695934-6143100
Fact 100%
Fiction 0%
Digestive story of Shinsengumi.
This book is the base of all the Shinsengumi research.

2.Shinsengumi Ibun 1929 新選組遺聞
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4122027829/503-2695934-6143100
Fact 100%
Fiction 0%
Testimonies of Shinsengumi survivers or people who were related to Shinsengumi.
Famous Yagi Tamesaburo's testimony is in this book.
(Yagi Tamesaburo was Yagi Gennojo's son, Shinsengumi stayed in their house in Mibu, Kyoto)

3.Shinsengumi Monogatari 1931 新選組物語
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4122027950/503-2695934-6143100
Fact 100%
Fiction 0%
Short stories of minor Shinsengumi members.


All the Shimozawa Kan's books suppose to be nonfiction because they were according to the testimonies.
But some people have pointed out that he might added fictions.
Nobody knows for sure.


I've heard of these but never had the opportunity to go through anything but excerpts. Thanks a lot for the links, I deeply appreciate it.

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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Okita Souji Koiuta 1981 沖田総司恋唄
Hirose Niki
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4094041117/503-5598606-1938321

Fact30%
Fiction70%

The author wrote this book based on Matsumoto Ryojun's diary.
Matsumoto Ryojun was Shogun's doctor and also he treated Shinsengumi members include Okita.
Ryojun described "Okita was like innocent child"
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Shinsengumi Zentaishi Tettei Guide 2004 新選組全隊士徹底ガイド
Maeda Masaki
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4309407080/503-5598606-1938321
Fact100%
Fiction0%

Informations of 424 Shinsengumi members.
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:43 pm    Post subject: Shinsengumi Book Reply with quote
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Crying or Very sad Wah!! They're all in Japanese! You have no idea how frustrating that is for me!


Negotiatrix, you might try 'Shinsengumi: The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps' by Romulus Hillsborough if you don't already have it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Can someone bring Romulus Hillsborough to this forum?
Let's ask him to translate these books.
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Can someone bring Romulus Hillsborough to this forum?
Let's ask him to translate these books.


He was going to show up on the old forum when his Shinsengumi book was released, but to my knowledge never did.
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tatsunoshi wrote:
shikisoku wrote:
Can someone bring Romulus Hillsborough to this forum?
Let's ask him to translate these books.


He was going to show up on the old forum when his Shinsengumi book was released, but to my knowledge never did.


He corresponded with me a bit when I put his articles up for him and announced some of his new books. It would be great to have him here for participation in the bakumatsu forum. Someone should drop him a line.
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mibu Gishi Den 壬生義士伝
Asada Jiro
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/4167646021/503-9652223-3530352?v=glance&n=465392
Fact 25%
Fiction75%
New masterpiece.
Yoshimura Kan-ichiro joined Shinsengumi to save his family from starvation.
He sent all the money he made in Shinsengumi to his family in Nanbu even his co-workers called him miser.
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Itsuno hi ka kaeru 2000 いつの日か還る
(I will return someday)
Nakamura Akihiko
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4167567083/249-3421814-2876350
Fact 70%
Fiction 30%
Story of Shimada Kai, the biggest man in Shinsengumi.
He is one of rare member who experienced from Ikedaya to Hakodate.
In Meiji period, he became a guard in Nishi-Honganji temple which used to be the Shinsengumi headquarter and he died there.
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nagakura Shinpachi no Himago ga tsukutta hon 2005
(The book written by Nagakura Shinpachi's great grandsons )
永倉新八のひ孫がつくった本
Sugimura Etsurou
Sugimura Kazunori
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4434068148/249-3421814-2876350
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Fiction-
Essays by famous people who love Shinsengumi, descendants of shinsengumi members and other Shinsengumi fans.
What funny is the descendant of Ikedaya Soube is now Shinsengumi fan.
She was working at Shinsengumi goods shop wearing the Dandara happi. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Shinsengumi Shashin Zenshu 1997
(All Shinsengumi photos)
Tsuri Yoichi
http://www.bk1.co.jp/product/1437959
Fact 100%
Fiction 0%

This book is photo references of Shinsengumi.
Only black and white and not good quality.
But the book contains many hard-to-see stuffs like family registers in Meiji period,temple's kako-cho,and other rare documents.


I have never seen my own family's kako-cho.
Because I do not have permission from "Hon-ke" which is head family of all of relatives.(My family is "Bun-ke")
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
This website has amazingly high quality images of dozens of japanese historical figures, including some shinsengumi members, etc (I took a lot of them for avatars for the "historical" section)

Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/index.html

For example, Sakamoto Ryouma
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Wachigai-ya Itosato (2 volumes)
輪違屋糸里
Asada Jiro
http://www.bunshun.co.jp/book_db/html/3/22/95/4163229507.shtml
Fact 45%
Fiction55%
Itosato is Tenjin(American term of Geisha?) in Shimabara. She is in love with Hijikata Toshizo and Hijikata seems to love her too.
One day, Serizawa asked Hijikata to give up Itosato and Hijikata decided to use her for his plan of assassination of Serizawa.

*Saito Hajime in this book is really really cool.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The Shinsengumi Exhibition catalog 2004

http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/kikaku/page/2004/0404/200404.html

This book is one of the best reference for Shinsengumi research.
It contains many good quality photos of primary documents.
The exhibition was over but the Edo-Tokyo museum shop still sells the book.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 11:42 pm    Post subject: Regarding Hillsborough's Shinsengumi book Reply with quote
The book was a disappointment--especially after reading his books on Ryoma and his Samurai Sketches. I really enjoyed these two books.

I found the Shinsengumi book flawed in terms of flow and failed to really understand what Hillsborough wanted the reader to understand other than that the Shinsengumi had a propensity to ruthlessly cut their opponents and themselves to ribbons!

By the way, does anyone know what has become of Mr. Hillsborough? I heard he was working on an all-encompassing history of the bakumatsu period and am hoping he has got his groove back as this book could be quite an informative and entertaining gem. Unfortunately, it looks like Hillsborough's company, Ridgeback Press, has folded he has slipped off the grid.

Can somebody call out the Kurokawa ninjas to track him down and find out what he is going to do with this alleged book he is working on?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 12:02 am    Post subject: Re: Regarding Hillsborough's Shinsengumi book Reply with quote
Obenjo Kusanosuke wrote:
The book was a disappointment--especially after reading his books on Ryoma and his Samurai Sketches. I really enjoyed these two books.

I found the Shinsengumi book flawed in terms of flow and failed to really understand what Hillsborough wanted the reader to understand other than that the Shinsengumi had a propensity to ruthlessly cut their opponents and themselves to ribbons!

By the way, does anyone know what has become of Mr. Hillsborough? I heard he was working on an all-encompassing history of the bakumatsu period and am hoping he has got his groove back as this book could be quite an informative and entertaining gem. Unfortunately, it looks like Hillsborough's company, Ridgeback Press, has folded he has slipped off the grid.

Can somebody call out the Kurokawa ninjas to track him down and find out what he is going to do with this alleged book he is working on?


You should email him - I've corresponded with him a few times. I don't have his email address now, but it shouldn't be too hard to find.
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