Episode 123 – The Fall of the Samurai, Part 7

This week, Ii Naosuke will try to right the ship of state by any means necessary. However, his reassertion of Tokugawa authority will run into serious problems as the violence surrounding politics begins to ramp up.

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

Yukichi Fukuzawa, Diary of Yukichi Fukuzawa

W.G. Beasley, The Meiji Restoration

Albert Craig, Choshu in the Meiji Restoration

Images

Ii Naosuke, who as tairo of Japan tried to reassert the authority of the Tokugawa bakufu.
Ii Naosuke, who as tairo of Japan tried to reassert the authority of the Tokugawa bakufu.
Katsu Kaishu, commander of the Kanrin Maru.
Katsu Kaishu, commander of the Kanrin Maru.
The Kanrin Maru, bought by the Tokugawa in 1857.
The Kanrin Maru, bought by the Tokugawa in 1857.
This monument to the arrival of the Kanrin Maru stands in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Courtesy of the Japan Times.
This monument to the arrival of the Kanrin Maru stands in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. Courtesy of the Japan Times.
The Assassination of Ii Naosuke, by the Meiji era printmaker Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. The Assassination took place in March, 1860 outside Sakurada gate at the south end of the shogunal palace.
The Assassination of Ii Naosuke, by the Meiji era printmaker Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. The Assassination took place in March, 1860 outside Sakurada gate at the south end of the shogunal palace.
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