Saigo Takamori. The R eal L ast Samurai. Saigo Takamori , 1860’s. The real last samurai (in the movie he’s K otsumoto ) a greed with Yoshido – overthrow the bakufu ! t o save Edo Japan b ecause the shogun is weak
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Word got out almost immediately that Japan’s leadership was changing!Reaction on both sides was strong!
In fact, there was an Edo Uprising, 1867
rose upand took control of Edo
SaigoTakamori to the south, suggested using the emperor’s army to squash the uprising in Edo
A great idea! ..because the imperial army had just received new weapons from America
knew that another Edo uprising could happen again,
and suggested that the emperor rule from Edo, as well as Kyoto
* Takamori and his allies gathered a force of 30 000 and marched to Edo on the Tokkaido Highway
You’d think that Japan’s new emperor would:
1.Protect Japan from more trade treaties
2.Unify Japan with Edo traditions and culture
3.Deal with all the foreigners in Edo and Osaka
protect Japan from more trade treaties ?
slow down modernization and westernization?
Meiji was young and was controlled by a few strong men; he couldn’t lead…..yet
SaigoTakamori asked this question.
Ukubo said that Japan will hire and train peasants and others.
“But they are not samurai. You dishonor the samurai”, Takamori disagreed.
This was the first of many disagreements and they were now on a path to become enemies.
11:15 16:45 opening
22:50 26:29 burning
31:22 – 32:57 village
1:26:35 – 1:28:47 government
- anyone can participate
- unity of classes through participation
in helping Japan
- more freedoms for all people
- learn best foreign ideas
- became a national issue because people wanted a say: