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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:05 am    Post subject: Re: Regarding Hillsborough's Shinsengumi book Reply with quote
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.[/quote]

The problem is that I don't know how easily it will be to find him and who knows if he wants to be found. Romulus Hillsborough is not his real name and Jeff Cohen, who I believe is the owner of Ridgeback Press, appears to have folded the company and the website. Romulus Hillsborough was Mr. Cohen's first and only author at his company, to my knowledge. Could it be that they are one and the same person? Inquiry minds want know. For the answer, do a google search. Shocked Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Shinsengumi Nikki(Shinsengumi journals)新選組日記
Kimura Yukihiko
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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.


I just got this today - although, the Author's name is Kimura Sachihiko - according to the information at the end of the book.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have to correct the S-A wiki page.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Toshizo kara no dengon 歳三からの伝言
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The story starts from when Kondo gets shot at Fushimi street.
Detailed story from Nagareyama to Aizu is interesting.


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Gah just like many things I would love to have from Japan but can't because of region codes or it's in Japanese and not in Romanized!
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2007 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Okita Soji 沖田総司
Miyoshi Toru

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The book is written in Okita's testimony style.
Like "I was thinking for leaving Shieikan" "I didn't know why Yamanami said so." "The cat was still looking at me."


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
This is for researchers.
468 Shinsengumi members directory.(2007 Nov)
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/4862252230/ref=pe_snp_230
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
*Should this thread be moved to the Bakumatsu sub-forum?

I just ordered the above book mentioned by Shiki although it looks like a manga Shocked but let's not judge a book by its cover Just Kidding . Also, last weekend, I bought the following books while I was in Kyoto.
1)維新前夜の京をゆく新選組見聞録 by 出版センター ("All About the Shinsengumi in Kyoto on the Eve of the Restoration" by the Kyoto Shinbum Publication Center)
2) 京都幕末井維新かくれ史跡を歩く by 木村幸比古 著/三村博史("Walking the Hidden Bakumatsu and Restoration Historical Sites of Kyoto" by Kimura Sachihiko and Mimura Hiroshi)
3) 坂本竜馬京をゆく by 三村博史 ("Walking through the Capital with Sakamoto Ryoma" by Mimura Hiroshi).
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
New Shinsengumi book was published from Shinjinbutsu Oraisha last month.

Pictorial record Shinsengumi chronicle

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No new discovery but there are newer photos.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Thank you for sharing. There really are a litany of publications on the Shinsengumi. It's nice to have recommendations.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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The problem is that I don't know how easily it will be to find him and who knows if he wants to be found. Romulus Hillsborough is not his real name and Jeff Cohen, who I believe is the owner of Ridgeback Press, appears to have folded the company and the website. Romulus Hillsborough was Mr. Cohen's first and only author at his company, to my knowledge. Could it be that they are one and the same person?


That's a good question actually. I recently saw a documentary and both he and Mark Ravina were interviewed. I wish I could remember what it was called. I don't know anything about Rideback, but it seems particularly strange that they would close up shop. Both Sketches and Ryoma and internationally viable products and very visible... I have no idea about the sales of course.

I am curious as to what the possibilities of getting Mr. Hillsborough to jump on here and exchange some thoughts on upcoming projects. Possible? Who knows, why not?

Ok, I'm curious now... I'll quietly look into this.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
If you google the site, you'll see that Hillsborough and the closing of Ridgeback Press has been discussed already. Hillsborough = Jeff Cohen = Ridgeback Press.

Also, that Rekishi Doku Hon Shinsengumi Chronicle book came out about 3-4 weeks ago. I got it the first day it was available. Actually, I had it before Amazon or even the publisher had something about it on the internet! I was so excited about it but couldn't post a picture or a link to a seller at the time. Sad As I went off on some business trips, I forgot to go back and see if there was a picture and a link to post.

It is a very interesting pictoral history of the Shinsengumi. My hat is off to Shiki for posting about it.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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If you google the site, you'll see that Hillsborough and the closing of Ridgeback Press has been discussed already.


Thanks for letting me know. What do you think the chances are to get Mr. Jeff Cohen to talk about his ongoing projects? An academic exchange?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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If you google the site, you'll see that Hillsborough and the closing of Ridgeback Press has been discussed already.


Thanks for letting me know. What do you think the chances are to get Mr. Jeff Cohen to talk about his ongoing projects? An academic exchange?


I personally think that would be quite interesting, but after somewhat of an assault by former members of this forum on his shinsengumi book, I think he was pretty turned off.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm going to take an hour or so today and see if I might be able to get a hold of him anyways. At the very least, I think we would gain quite a bit on hearing his thoughts on a particular subject. If there is any cost (professional fees) to do so, I will pleased to cover it.

Whatever the opinions may be of previous works, there is no doubt the man has an impressive base of knowledge. If we could get 400 words or more as a large posting on a particular subject that the folks here could discuss, I think that would be not only unique but well worth it. Academic exchanges of ideas simply do not occure enough in my opinion.

I will follow up on this when I have some progress.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Moeyo Ken 1962 燃えよ剣
Shiba Ryotaro
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Classic novel of Hijikata Toshizo.
This novel created strong image of Hijikata(Rowdy, womanizer)
One of most popular shinsengumi book.
I just found a post in my inbox from the SHQ: apparently a student is translating Shiba Ryotaro's Moeyo Ken into English as a school project, and he is posting the translated chapters here: http://moeyoken.blogspot.com/ . Definitely on the bookmarks list. Perhaps monolingual sorts like myself might get to read this novel sooner than expected! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks, I bookmarked the site!
That must be a lot of work!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Saotome Mitsugu died last December.
http://book.asahi.com/news/TKY200812250246.html

He wrote many Bakumastu related novels including Aizushikon(Soul of Aizu samurai).
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Thanks, I bookmarked the site!
That must be a lot of work!
He is really keeping up with it well, too! I just checked, and his progress is up to chapter 14! I read about 7 chapters awhile back, but now I have a lot to catch up on. Dare I ask this fellow to take on Daibosatsu Toge? No, that'd probably take a lifetime! Shocked But I certainly have enough reading to keep me busy for a lifetime already!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank you all so very much for taking the time to read my project (Moe Yo Ken) and supporting it by posting it here on the forums. It's taken me a lot of time and I really appreciate it.

I am happy to announce that we are currently only 8 chapters away from completing the first volume! The final, 34th chapter of Part 1 should be finished within the next month.

Now, would anyone happen to know any publishers who'd be interested in such a book...? I doubt it
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Now, would anyone happen to know any publishers who'd be interested in such a book...? I doubt it
For starters, I'd knock on the doors of the publishers who already have published English translations of Shiba's work. To my knowledge, three of his books are available in English. Apart from the usual Japan-associated publishers, I'd also look at some of the University Presses, such as the U of Hawaii and the like.

I'd additionally recommend that you contact Kitsuno, the forum's Shogun by PM-- he can perhaps introduce you to Jetlag Press, which can also be an option.

And yes, I'd buy the book in heartbeat. Laughing Everyone I know who has read the Japanese version has loved it, whether they are Shinsengumi "fans" or not.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Although I'm pretty sure Jetlag press would be interested, but the copyright issues would seem to be very daunting... I don't know much about copyright issues, but I'm pretty sure that a translation of a modern book would probably cause serious issues if done without permission.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the quick replies! I'm glad to know there's someone out there who'd be willing to buy it. Although, to tell you the truth, I think Moe Yo Ken would sell quite well if it was published. It has enough sensationalism to appeal to people outside of the Japanese history sphere, I believe.

I absolutely agree that permission from the publisher is necessary here -- don't worry about that, I would never try to get one of Shiba Ryoutarou's books published without striking a deal with whoever holds the rights to his works now.

I have a friend who has a friend who is very close with the Shiba Ryoutarou's wife, who is still alive, but regrettably not in the best conditions mentally, or so I am told. According to the copyright information in the back of several books I have on my bookshelf, she (Fukuda Midori) holds all the copyrights to Shiba's work.

In addition to the 3 books that have been translated already, I hear that Juliet Winters Carpenter (who did The Last Shogun) is currently working on Saka no Ue no Kumo, so we have that to look forward to in the future.

Stuff like The Last Shogun was published by Kodansha, a mammoth of a publishing company. I imagine they have little trouble getting rights...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Thank you all so very much for taking the time to read my project (Moe Yo Ken) and supporting it by posting it here on the forums. It's taken me a lot of time and I really appreciate it.

I am happy to announce that we are currently only 8 chapters away from completing the first volume! The final, 34th chapter of Part 1 should be finished within the next month.

Now, would anyone happen to know any publishers who'd be interested in such a book...? I doubt it
I would definitely buy the book if you can manage to get the rights to publish! I personally prefer reading the "hold in your hand" print to reading on the computer, and I imagine those who read your translation as you post it (as I have tried to do but am sadly behind in now) would also appreciate having a print copy. Thanks for your hard work!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Actually, 4 of Shiba's books are available in English.

-The Last Shogun
-Drunk as a Lord
-The Tartar Whirlwind
-Kukai the Universal
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