"Though my body may decay on the isle of Ezo
My spirit guards my lord in the east."
@2 years ago with 30 notes
#shinsengumi #history #hijikata toshizou
Hijikata Toshizou, death poem (1869)
@4 years ago with 9 notes
#history #books #nagakura shinpachi
This is truly amazing (some day I’ll get my hands on this.. Though I won’t be able to read it without a lot of help!).
This is the cover of Nagakura Shinpachi’s published memoirs (1998) of his days with the Shinsengumi. This eventually turned into a tv special and a couple different editions. Though apparently the 1998 is the most accurate version, because in 1913 Nagakura had given an oral history to a journalist who in turn grossly embellished it (lots of inaccuracies and purple prose).
@4 years ago with 7 notes
#history #shinsengumi #hijikata toshizo
I could see how people would design Hijikata as pretty or handsome. he looks handsome here, I think. and dashing!
I wish more people would draw Hijikata Toshizo accurately, though. Everyone draws him with this long hair and this pointed face… LOOK AT THIS MAN. Hijikata-san is damned FINE this way. I wish we had more old photographs of the Shinsengumi. I’ve NEVER seen a real photo of Okita Soji, and there was maybe one of Saito Hajime? Augh I love me some Japanese history.
Glad to see someone agree with me!
On that note, I’d say the Hijikata in Watanabe’s Kaze Hikaru looks the most like him of all the versions.
As for a photo of Okita Souji, I’ve posted one on here a couple times I think… Oh well, I suppose it’s time to post it again! :)
according to this site, Kondou had at one point adopted a daughter.
This adopted daughter seemed to have had a “manly” temper and always carried a dagger in her bossom. Then one day she decided to “confess” to Okita about her love since Okita wasn’t “aware” of her like for him. She asks to marry him and Okita flatly refused and because this adopted daughter felt ashamed she stabbed her throat. Fortunately the wound was not too deep and she was able to live. The adopted daughter goes on to say that she’s married another person afterwards. This event was a well-known event in the Shieikan. However the author wonders if this is indeed true considering Kondou himself would only be in his 20s and to adopt at such a young age seemed unnatural. However in the Kojima diary in Onoji-son there is a passage about Kondou’s adopting this daughter. It goes thus; July 3, 1864: Kondou adopts a daughter and is good. The appearance is about 13 years old. If looked in the context of the Edo period then the document is also persuasive although the circumstances are unclear.
Being a big Kaze Hikaru fan, I felt that this situation seemed oddly familiar.. It seems Taeko Watanabe might have taken this historical character and used it as a model for her own character, Sae (who I looove, even though she is fairly minor), though I haven’t found a quote on her saying it. Sae is not, however, Kondou’s adopted daughter. This next excerpt comes from Shining Wind, a great Kaze Hikaru fansite.
@4 years ago
#history #okita souji #kondou isami #Kaze Hikaru #shinsengumi
Worked at Shieikan, and harbored feelings for Okita. When she confessed her feelings for him and expressed to desire to marry him, Okita rejected her because he wanted to solely concentrate on practicing the sword. Not able to withstand the rejection, she commited suicide right in front of his eyes.
Luckily, they were able to save her, and she soon left Shieikan afterwards.
Many years later, Sae once again returns into Okita’s life and there they resolve the ghosts of the past. We also find that she is happily married and is carrying a child.