Romanticising Shinsengumi in Contemporary Japan

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Rosa Lee;
(2011)
  • Publisher: The Japan Foundation, Sydney
  • Journal: New Voices (issn: 1833-5233, eissn: 2204-194X)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.21159/nv.04.08
  • Subject: Shinsengumi; Shiba Ryōtarō; literature; autonomy; Japanese hero; contemporary | Japanese language and literature | PL501-889

Shinsengumi, a group of young men recruited by the Bakufu to protect Kyoto from radical Imperial House loyalists in the tumultuous Bakumatsu period, is romanticised and idolised in Japan despite its limited place in history. This article attempts to comprehend this phen... View more
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