Sunday, January 23, 2011
Weirdos by Thalia Hedges, Courier Comic Artist
Saigō Takamori (Takanaga) (January 23, 1828 – September 24, 1877) was one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history, living during the late Edo Period and early Meiji Era. He has been dubbed the last true samurai.[
Saigō Takamori was born on December 7 in the lunar calendar, on the tenth year of the Bunsei era (January 23, 1828), in Kagoshima in the Satsuma domain (present-day Kagoshima Prefecture). Saigō served as a low-ranking samurai official in his early career. He was recruited to travel to Edo in 1854 to assist Satsuma Daimyo Shimazu Nariakira in promoting reconciliation and closer ties between the Tokugawa shogunate and the Imperial court.
Read excerpts from The last samurai: the life and battles of Saigō Takamori, by Mark Ravina, free from Google Books.