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1st Part: Yamazaki Susumu the spy who guided the Shinsengumi to the Ikedaya Jiken

It is said that it was Yamazaki Susumu that led the start of the Ikedaya Jiken on June 5, 1864, the Shinsengumi search. Yamazaki Susumu was the son of an Osaka Acupuncturist, Ringorou Zaemon (sp?) and an expert in Katori Ryu no Bojutsu Meijin (Staff expert). It is in the Shinsengumi dojo that Susumu often used the nagimaki (polearm with sword blade) and the naginata (halberd). Shortly after joining the Shinsengumi he became a "Jokin" (assistant) then later a "Torishimaryaku" (director) and at the same time a "Kansatsu" (inspector). Perhaps the reason he was positioned as a spy for the Shinsengumi is because he hailed from Osaka and was knowledgeable in "Kinki" geography. Kinki is the region around Osaka, Kyoto and Nara.

At around the end of May at Sanjo-dori St. Kawaramachi east near the Ikeda-ya (inn), Soubee and other Shikoku inn, many ronin from the Choshuu domain were gathered and was purported to have been holding secret meetings. This information was leaked to the Shinsengumi. Kondou ordered Yamazaki to investigate.

Yamazaki first arrives in Osaka and stays at a boathouse announcing himself as a medicine peddler. After receiving a letter from the boathouse "Thank you because you were a good customer", he went to the Ikeda-ya on June 2. Since the Gion festival on June 6 was near, the Ikeda-ya was full but since Yamazaki had the introduction of the boathouse as a customer for years, he was arranged a lower drawing room inevitably.

To deceive the public and stay succesfully at the Ikeda-ya, Yamazaki bought a large amount of medicine from the drugstore at Nijo-dori St. thus he was not suspect. Then secretly Yamazaki checked the roshi and others who frequented the Ikeda-ya and notified the activities to the Shinsengumi. The method of passing information was in a piece of paper which was thrown out the window like wastepaper, a common foot soldier Watanabe Kouuemon (might be Ichizou?) disguised as a beggar would pick this paper up running in Sanjou Oohashi bridge. It was the plan of Yoshimura Kanichirou who disguised as a woman beggar would wait there and arrange to get it to the Mibu Headquarters. They kept on searching and they discovered Kobashi dealer in second hand articles, Masuya store owned by a "Kiemon" as suspect. A writing was discovered that said "cannot miss the opportunity" and it was clear that the shop (Masuya) was involved in an agitation scheme that was making progress. So the Shinsengumi in June 5, early morning with Okita, Nagakura, Harada, Inoue and 20 other Taishi (regimental soldier) broke in at once but the other party was careful beforehand too and was able to escape via a secret passage. Only the master of Kiemon who tried to burn secret documents was arrested. When the house was searched they found some letters from the Choshuu clan that failed to burn, 10 ryo, armors, 2, 3 guns (this might be 23 guns unsure). Kiemon was taken to the Mibu headquarters and underwent terrible investigation. He was said to confess, the Sonno-joi sect Roshi were to set Kyoto ablaze. That this arson plot was to take advantage of the confusion and kidnap the emperor and bring him to Choshu.

Note: Nagakura's Shinsengumi Tenmatsuki does not touch into Yamazaki's involvement with the Ikedaya Jiken, however the investigation of the Ikedaya is gone into detail by Kanefumi Nishimura in "Miburoshi Shimatsuki". See that thread here... Note there are many accounts about the Ikedaya, some of them are inconsistent and even contradictory at times. Will be continued.

My usual disclaimers apply! I still have to go through a couple books and maybe some parts here will be edited to include any new (or missed) info.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:18 pm    Post subject: Furutaka Shuntarou (aka Masuya Kiemon)Reply with quote

2nd Part: Furutaka Shuntarou the Sonno-joi follower who confessed under torture

Kiemon Masuya who was arrested by the investigation led by Yamazaki Susumu was taken to the Mibu Headquarters and was severely investigated by Kondou Isami. However Kiemon was already determined to die so he was stubborn. The skin of his back was torn in torture, his meat smashed and teeth popped and bound. He is said to have fainted in and out and finally confesses his name saying "I am Furutaka Shuntaro". This Furutaka Shuntaro is from Oumi-kuni, Kurita-gun (district) a country samurai. Furutaka played a double role of serving as a vassal for the Rinno-ji Imperial family and as the master in the Masuya offering a hideout to the Sonno-joi group. Because of Furutaka's stubborness, Hijikata Toshizou finally steps in and binds both hands of Furutaka to the back and hanging him invertedly to the beam of a ceiling. He then took five inch nails and buried them in Furutaka's heel, placing on them lit up candles where the hot wax flowed and crawled from the foot of Furutaka to his legs like "fatty tuna". After about one hour, since Furutaka could no longer bear the torture he confessed at last. This is where we see Hijikata's cruel methods, however there is conflicting accounts (as usual) and the torture might not have been as cruel as this. The following confession is what had the Shinsengumi surprised:

One, approximately when June 20 comes, choosing a night of heavy wind, they will set fire to Kyoto. The Imperial palace from four sides will be surrounded with fire whichever is the case.
One, in the confusion Nakagawa Miya (Kyo?) and Matsudaira Katamori will be ambushed. In addition, the court nobles and many daimyo who supports the Shogunate will be attacked.
One, in the confusion the Emperor will be taken to Choshuu and presented a seat there.

An extra-ordinary "plan" to say. The reason that Nakagawa and Matsudaira was particularly aimed at was because they were the hated ringleaders who drove out the Choshuu domain in political influence in Kyoto. The Roshi gathering place location was determined to be around Sanjou Kobashi Ikeda and Nawate Toori Shikoku-ya it revealed. Kondou was surprised and immediately sends an express messenger to inform the Kyoto Protector Matsudaira asking for immediate mobilization of other loyal retainers. The sonno-joi group who knew that Furutaka was caught gathered at the Ikeda-ya to devise remedial measures. They probably did not think Furutaka has confessed. Uninformed the Sonno-joi roshi amended/appended their plans to the following 3 clauses:

*While surrounding and setting on fire Mibu-dera, they will massacre the Shinsengumi and inside the capital city will stir up a riot, while doing so they will deliver a message to the emperor and request him to usher in Choshuu military strength to Kyoto.
*If their plan is succesful in getting the Emperor in Choshuu's favor, they will deliver another message to kill under sound argument or request seppuku of all those concerned. (I would imagine this means Shogunate supporters will be asked to commit seppuku or be killed).
*When the situation of the capital changes completely, Nakagawa Kyo will be imprisoned, Yoshinobu will be repelled to Osaka, Aizu will be deleted, Choshuu will be appointed the job of Kyoto Protector.

After this was all determined a sake party was held, however the Shinsengumi broke in and a big sword fight occured.

As for Furutaka, he was sent to Migara Kyoto Rukkaku St. Rukkaku Gokusha (prison) after the Ikeda-ya Jiken. The following month in the Kinmon-hen (Battle at the forbidden gates) he took advantage of the disturbance and in a confusion was cut by a Shogunate official on Genji first year, July 20, he was 36 years old.

Notes: The torture that happened in Maekawa residence is considered by Suzuki Tooru as high as it follows the pattern of torture expressed in Nagakura's "Shinsengumi Tenmatsuki". Kondou and Hijikata having not been a samurai by nature (although Kondou -is- samurai by adoption), this apparently adds to the cruel torture. Please note that there are disagreement amongst researchers about the "torture" itself.

More to follow...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a theory that Yamazaki's participation in the Ikedaya Jiken is merely fiction by Shimozawa Kan and Shiba Ryotarou.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nlf7 wrote:
There's a theory that Yamazaki's participation in the Ikedaya Jiken is merely fiction by Shimozawa Kan and Shiba Ryotarou.


That is a possibility. They might've based it on Nishimura's book as well. Here's an older article I posted about Yamazaki's possible non-participation.

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