"Though my body may decay on the isle of Ezo
My spirit guards my lord in the east."

Hijikata Toshizou, death poem (1869)

(Source: ochimizu)

@2 years ago with 30 notes
#shinsengumi #history #hijikata toshizou 

Shinsengumi: The Shogun s Last Samurai Corps 

californiadreamin2:

The Shinsengumi were a group of swashbuckling samurai who supported the Shogun against the rebellious ronin who wanted to oust the Shogun for failing to keep the barbarians out of late nineteenth century Japan.

@3 years ago with 9 notes
#history #books #shinsengumi 
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). 

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 9 notes
#history #books #nagakura shinpachi 
thegrumpus:

fyshinsengumi:

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! :) 
-Sasha

thegrumpus:

fyshinsengumi:

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! :) 

-Sasha

@4 years ago with 7 notes
#history #shinsengumi #hijikata toshizo 

Very interesting (possible spoilers for those running behind in Kaze Hikaru)

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. 

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. 

[cut]

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. 

@4 years ago
#history #okita souji #kondou isami #Kaze Hikaru #shinsengumi 

"Though my body may decay on the island of Ezo,
My spirit guards my lord in the east."

Hijikata Toshizo’s death poem. 
@3 years ago with 15 notes
#hijikata toshizo #poetry #history 

"This book is about bloodshed and death and atrocity. It is also about courage and honor and fidelity. It explores some of the darkest regions of the human soul, and some of its most noble parts. The underlying themes in this historical narrative of the Shinsengumi are the extraordinary will to power and sense of self-importance of the leaders of that most lethal samurai corps, and the unsurpassed propensity to kill instilled by them into the rank and file."

Romulus Hillsborough, in an excerpt from his book Shinsengumi: The Shogun’s Last Samurai Corps. [I bolded my favorite line :)] 
@3 years ago
#romulus hillsborough #books #shinsengumi #history 
for thegrumpus.
This is supposedly a photograph of Okita Souji, although the validity is questionable according to certain historians. For now, this seems to be the only one that exists… 

for thegrumpus.

This is supposedly a photograph of Okita Souji, although the validity is questionable according to certain historians. For now, this seems to be the only one that exists… 

@4 years ago with 5 notes
#Okita Souji #history 

PS- here’s some eye candy

ooooo Saitou how’d you get so sexy?!!

:P

-Sasha

@4 years ago
#Saitou Hajime #Shinsengumi #history 
"Though my body may decay on the isle of Ezo
My spirit guards my lord in the east."
Hijikata Toshizou, death poem (1869)

(Source: ochimizu)

2 years ago
#shinsengumi #history #hijikata toshizou 
"Though my body may decay on the island of Ezo,
My spirit guards my lord in the east."
Hijikata Toshizo’s death poem. 
3 years ago
#hijikata toshizo #poetry #history 
Shinsengumi: The Shogun s Last Samurai Corps→

californiadreamin2:

The Shinsengumi were a group of swashbuckling samurai who supported the Shogun against the rebellious ronin who wanted to oust the Shogun for failing to keep the barbarians out of late nineteenth century Japan.

3 years ago
#history #books #shinsengumi 
"This book is about bloodshed and death and atrocity. It is also about courage and honor and fidelity. It explores some of the darkest regions of the human soul, and some of its most noble parts. The underlying themes in this historical narrative of the Shinsengumi are the extraordinary will to power and sense of self-importance of the leaders of that most lethal samurai corps, and the unsurpassed propensity to kill instilled by them into the rank and file."
Romulus Hillsborough, in an excerpt from his book Shinsengumi: The Shogun’s Last Samurai Corps. [I bolded my favorite line :)] 
3 years ago
#romulus hillsborough #books #shinsengumi #history 
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
#history #books #nagakura shinpachi 
for thegrumpus.
This is supposedly a photograph of Okita Souji, although the validity is questionable according to certain historians. For now, this seems to be the only one that exists… 
4 years ago
#Okita Souji #history 
thegrumpus:

fyshinsengumi:

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! :) 
-Sasha
4 years ago
#history #shinsengumi #hijikata toshizo 
PS- here’s some eye candy

ooooo Saitou how’d you get so sexy?!!

:P

-Sasha

4 years ago
#Saitou Hajime #Shinsengumi #history 
Very interesting (possible spoilers for those running behind in Kaze Hikaru)

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. 

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. 

[cut]

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. 

4 years ago
#history #okita souji #kondou isami #Kaze Hikaru #shinsengumi