Download e-book for iPad: Sado: Japan's Island in Exile by Angus Waycott

By Angus Waycott

ISBN-10: 1880656213

ISBN-13: 9781880656211

Even if appealing, Sado, an island off the west coast of Japan, has been a spot of exile for the deposed and disgraced. This ebook information the author's eight-day trek round the island, within which he explored the reality approximately Sado's gold mine, tracked down a badger cult and visited the headquarters of the taiko "Demon Drummers".

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However, within a month the outbreak had been suppressed by Choshu forces themselves. The effect of the Choshu uprisings was to increase the differ­ ence between Choshu and Satsuma. In the former the element which was opposed to established authority had been defeated; in the latter it was in partial control. Against this background Satsuma obstreperousness increasingly emerged in 1 870 as the maj or poten­ tial threat to the Meiji government, and the relationship between Okubo and Kido, whose characters and life-styles were very differ­ ent, became more tense.

1 46 . . Obstacles to centralising reform 21 the actions o f Satsuma which provoked Kido's comment, for i t was in September 1 870 that a further move by the Meiji government to limit han autonomy led to the sudden departure from Tokyo of the Satsuma representative, Ijichi Masaharu, and the simultaneous re­ call to Kagoshima of the Satsuma troops employed in the protection of the capital. Not only did these actions give rise to concern that Satsuma might ignore the new han regulations which were about to be approved, but there were even rumours that Saigo Takamori might lead a force against Tokyo and attempt another coup d'etat.

At this juncture, as on various later occasions, the determination of Okubo and his close ally, the court noble lwakura Tomomi, proved decisive . Not only did they insist on going ahead with the planned seizure of the imperial pal­ ace, but in its aftermath, when Y oshinobu gave encouragement to the elements favouring compromise by offering to discuss a settle­ ment and by withdrawing to Osaka, Okubo refused to agree to anything short of the surrender of all the land directly held by the Shogun.

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