I’m not doing a marathon on Lawson CMs. No I’m not
Born in Hino in 1835, Hijikata Toshizo (the “Demon Commander”) went on form the Shinsengumi with Kondo Isami whom he met through his affiliation with a Hino dojo. Romulous Hillsborough wrote a tremendous book about the bloody years of Shinsengumi reign in Kyoto, where these men served as a special police force for the Shogun. The book describes Toshizo as the embodiment of samurai ideals: “[His most striking feature was” his eyes, betraying an unyielding yet calm resolve to die—almost longing for death—which he would bring with him to his last battle.” He was killed in combat in Hakodate, Hokkaido in 1869.
Kongo-ji, more affectionately known as Takahata Fudoson, is a Shingon temple located in Hino, Tokyo. The temple is regarded as one of the great temples of the Kanto area, and houses cultural assets such as the Nio-mon which was built in 1342. Today, it is famous for it’s statue of Shinsengumi commander, Hijikata Toshizo (1835-1869), who grew up “beneath the shadow” of the temple.
Good evening, Niente de Nada!
My apologies for bothering you with this question but ever since I got in Shinsengumi related fandoms (back then with Rurouni Kenshin and now with the others), I wanted to know more about Japan in the Bakumatsu period but the resources are rare in my country (first libraries don’t contain a lot of information about Asia and Africa, mostly they contain about Argentina and about the american and european continent; later we have importing restrictions, sites like Amazon and similar don’t deliver to our country due that restriction; and we have a limited amount per year of dollars to use in online purchases).
I was wondering if there were particular sites (shinsengumi no makoto is great, same for samurai archive, but are there more?) and/or authors to read about these subjects?
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- Aha, might as well embrace my career in Piracy. I feel your pain. Luckily, I live in a city/province with amazing accessible library systems, but that really isn’t the situation for everyone, and even a good university library might not have a huge Japanese history collection.
Meanwhile, academic books are ridiculously expensive, go out of print easily, and then just get more expensive, so I don’t feel any guilt about letting you in on where to find some interesting stuff.
Let me point you to the English library section of Bakumatsu.ru which is full of papers, books, and translated primary sources on the Bakumatsu and surrounding eras. (If you’re a Russian speaker/reader, there’s even more stuff, including documentaries.)
Now there’s everything from academic treatises to student’s papers, there, so make sure you check what the source is before taking it as gospel fact, but I’ll note two interesting titles there.
- Shinsengumi: The Shogun’s Last Samurai Corps’ by Romulus Hillsborugh. The only English book about the Shinsengumi, in Word format. t’s just good enough to be worth checking out, and just bad enough to be a painful reading experience. I’ll probably make a separate post some time to explain what’s bad and good about it, and how to get the most out of it.
- The Making of Modern Japan - by Marius Jansen. Full pdf-text of an excellent history of Modern Japan, by which is meant Japan after 1600. There’s a whole two chapters on the Bakumatsu: the bits about the Opening of Japan , and the Fall of the Tokugawa, that anyone interested in the period should check out, but lots of chapters on the eras leading up to it, and the general culture and life of the Edo Period.
I have some more recs, which will be separate posts, since I have limited time and I wanted to get a short answer out at least, and some of the other stuff I have more to say about.
Happy hunting on the Bakumatsu.ru website. There’s lots there.
There’s Sentaro in Hosoya’s character voice samples
My playlist consists of mostly Japanese anime/seiyuu songs or orchestral music. On rare days, I listen to anything other than those.
That day is probably one of those.
Filipino songs are usually sappy strong ballads talking about love, the found one, lost one or the broken version. Usually with videoke-worthy instrumentals too. Too strong for my taste.
This one, however, just right :)