Ryoma Sakamoto and Shintaro Nagaoka Assassinated Here
(the site of the Omiya store)
On the evening of November 15th, Nagaoka visited his friend Sakamoto at the Omiya soy sauce shop where he was boarding. Absorbed in discussion on the future course of Japanese politics after the Return of Political Power to the Emperor (Taiseihokan), the young patriotic royalists were suddenly assaulted by an armed group who named themselves "Totsugawa Warriors".
Sakamoto, then 33, was killed on the spot, while Nagaoka, 30, died two days later.
It was a turbulent era of transition in which the more than 260-year-long feudalistic Tokugawa Shogunate was terminated, putting an end to the days of swordsmen. The new Meiji days (1868-1912) were to begin.
Both Sakamoto and Nagaoka are buried at the present Kyoto Ryozen-Gokoku-jinja (shrine).
(Japanese, Korean, and Chinese not transcribed.)
Erected by Kyoto City.
Location. 35° 0.456′ N, 135° 45.57′ E. Marker is in Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, in Nakagyo-Ku. Marker is on Kawaramachi-dori, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Kawaramachidori Takoyakushi Sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8027, Japan.
Also see . . .
1. Sakamoto Ryōma (Wikipedia). "Sakamoto Ryōma (坂本 龍馬, January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867) was a Japanese prominent figure in the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate in bakumatsu Japan." (Submitted on February 4, 2018.)
2. Sakamoto Ryoma & His Environs (The Kyoto Project). "Do you know the story of the young rebel samurai who died a hero, ambushed at an inn in Kyoto? Of the many samurai who devoted themselves to helping our country before Japan was Westernized, there was one famous national samurai hero, named Sakamoto Ryoma. Most Japanese people know his name well, and how he made a great contribution to Japan’s rapid modernization." (Submitted on February 4, 2018.)
Additional keywords. Meiji Restoration
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • Politics •
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