How I wish Kaoru were there to hear him say that, cause you and I both know who he meant when he said it ;)
i feel like this is the face social bloggers make when they’re arguing on tumblr
every smashboard tryhard ever.
So much swag
May 14th 1868 - The Assassination of Okubo Toshimichi
Also known as “the day Kenshin returned to being a Rurouni”. ^_^x
Okubo was killed by Ishikawa and Shimane shizoku (former samurai) who were disgruntled with the state of the Meiji government. A major source of their dissatisfaction lay in the fact that Saigo Takamori had been killed in the Seinan War. Contrary to what people might think, they were not former Bakufu supporters but instead had joined the new government army during the Boshin War.
History is interesting because it always defies people’s expectations and is so often full of irony. Before the Arrival of the Black Ships, who in Japan could have foreseen the end of the Tokugawa Bakufu in the space of a few years (in fact, one could argue that most of the upheaval took place in the two years since Emperor Komei’s death). And that within eleven years of the Meiji Restoration, the three main leaders (respectively Katsura Kogoro, Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi) of the revolution would be dead.
(This is just my personal interpretation and I’m unaware if it is shared by others, but the fact that the last person he met was the governor of the Fukushima prefecture, Yamayoshi Morisuke, is intriguing. In the meeting, he outlined his thirty year plan for Japan and his idea that that was how long it would take for the Meiji Restoration to be completed. I can’t help but wonder, did he share his thoughts so openly in part due to his desire to justify the fate Fukushima and the north east had suffered in the process….)
May 14th, 1878.