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HistoryThis is an interview of Baba Hiromichi, Hino’s Mayor who received his post from Mayor Nobuo Hoshino in the Kobuko Temple.

Hino has been advertised before as the “Brithplace of the Shinsengumi” when the Taiga Drama Shinsengumi was telecasted. The Shinsengumi festival is grandly held every year during May. 300 years have passed because I am the 11th generation since my ancestor settled very old in Hino. It comes from the first state of the Tokugawa Period. It was once a vassal to Takeda Shingen. It faced the Koshu highway and had shops and farmland and seemed to have done a moderate life before. It had such an influence, and since I was young, I was interested in history especially of the local history of Tama. A lot of parties concerned, historic sites and legends have been left in Hino City about the Shinsengumi too. My great grandfather and Baba Heisuke, eldest son was unsatisfied working in the shop and by the sudden turn of the age or the influence of the village headman Satou Hikogorou (Kizu comment: Remember Satou Hikogorou was Hijikata’s brother in law and he also managed a dojo in Hino) they had started to learn fencing of the Tennen Rishin Ryu. It is the swordsmanship of the Shinsengumi so… It seems very strong that my predecessor has gone to Kyoto as a member for the Roshigumi in the spring of 1863. Then as one of the persons concerned my thoughts about the Shinsengumi is spelt in a following memo…

1. What is in Hino’s beginnings?
It is the Shinsengumi and Hijikata Toshizou. The locals must value it more because we are unearthing a treasure of our birthplace and there it must be transmitted

2. Why does the Shinsengumi should not be caught in the common sense history of Japan?
Hino was a rice-producing region in the past. Although it was a small and under the fiefdom of the Tokugawa shogunate it had “Farmer autonomy (self-government)” with two village headman and twenty group leaders. The influence of the Koshu highway is also important. It leads straight to Hanzomon at Tamagawa “Pass of Hino”. It was an escape route of the Tokugawa family and the Hino-yada was a last stronghold in an attack from the West. As in the words of an Edo shogi player, “Checkmates are for 10,000 of Hino’s Temples” was left. The Bakufu’s reign was lenient and the land tax was not severe either. The locals had a strong attachment (affection) for the Shogun family. Also my grandmother had adopted to call “the Imperial Court”. The haiku of HIjikata Toshizou is also left. The common people especially at Hachiouji Sennin have started to learn fencing as a way of life. They had even organized the “Agriculture soldier” by the good offices of a deputy official Egawa Tarouzaemon. During the Boshin war, the representatives of inns furnished funds and even as many as 20 new rifles were provided.

3. What is the Shinsengumi?
One can say that they are a detached force of the Kyoto protection employment. It started from the Roshi class (Lordless samurai) that Kiyokawa Hachirou proposed which started from 234 names to 13 names. Their activity period was only a span of six years from March in 1863 to May 1869. The places of their activity is from the Kyoto and Toba-Fushimi, the Katunuma wars, the Aizu war, Sendai, Miyako Bay and Hakodate wars. There is also the French officer “Brunett” who supported the shogunate from Sendai. The Taishi (regimental soldier) was about 240 people during their golden age. It lived as a samurai or more than one. Since their constituents were farmers/peasants the autonomous character which designates Tama as the center is strong. There is little consciousness discrimination of social position. It was a functional, mobile, organizational operation. I think that Hijikata’s organizational power made use of severe penal regulations. The beginning of a modern organizational structure such as assignment of dangerous duties and the system of salaries in cash is formed.

4. It helped bring to the Meiji era and the next the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement. They are anti Meiji and Satsuma and Choshu. Many of the free people of the Tama region received the teachings of the Shinsengumi’s “Tennen Rishin Ryu”. Itagaki Taisuke also says “Tama is the stronghold of the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement”. Though Tokyo is divided into 23 districts and 3 Tama but you may think that “3 Tama difference” starts here. The Meiji era is far too. It is the time to slowly conquer the Meiji historical view by Satsuma and Choshu. Nagaoka, Aizu and Shonai should recall (reconsider) the treatment of the Meiji government of the rebel army.

5. Generalizations exists such as historian Tatsuya Naramoto said before in Wasabi chat Wasabi talk, “The Shinsengumi is only an abortive flower of history”. (Kizu: abortive flower means in this case, something without substance, flashy but no real content)

6. However author Doumon Fuyuji says Shinsengumi and Tama autonomy (self-government) has a profound connection. It is not a story, the reality is when one inspects the Shinsengumi, the facts and data, Tama with it long tradition of famer autonomy, self-governance, where social discrimination was little and rice and vegetable are made the subject the rich Tama figures comes to the surface and appreciated. In the 260 years of the Tokugawa there is almost no big riots (insurrenction) in the Tama district. We probably did not want the Tokugawa Shogunate to collapse. There are things not confined to the Shinsengumi only. This is the words of an old resident in Hino that I still remember, “It is not a restoration. That is a collapse.”

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Disclaimer: Kizu cannot speak/read japanese. Please forgive any mistakes and bring it to my attention. Thank you.

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