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[COLOR=Navy]I am working on a historical fiction short story currently for a class assignment. I was thinking of writing about the Ikedaya Incident of the Shinsengumi. I researched a few hours on the incident, though I need a little more information.

Do you guys have any more info about the Ikedaya Incident? If you do, could you help me out? (Things I'd like to know specifically are the casualties that happened and so forth)

Thanks a bunch.[/COLOR]
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[COLOR=#95005E][SIZE=1][URL=http://www.otakuboards.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=23487&stc=1][B]The Leaders and Troop Captains of Shinsengumi[/B][/URL]
Captain: Kondo Isami (seated)
Vice Captain: Hijikata Toshizo (fifth from the left, right of Kondo)
1. Okita Sōji (rightmost)
2. Nagakura Shinpachi (third from te right, left of Kondo)
3. Saitō Hajime (second to the right)
4. Matsubara Chūji
5. Takeda Kanryūsai (leftmost, the one with the glasses)
6. Inoue Genzaburō
7. Tani Sanjūrō
8. Tōdō Heisuke
9. Suzuki Mikisaburō
10. Harada Sanosuke (frontmost, holding a spear)

Trust that an RK fan will find this sooner or later. :catgirl:

[b][URL=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikedaya_Affair]Ikedaya Jiken[/URL][/b]
Wikipedia's entry on the event. Links to Shinsengumi, Okita Sōji, and ultimately, Saitō Hajime can also be found. (But I guess you already saw this one)

[b][URL=http://www.koyagi.com/ACPages/aci.html]Ikedaya Jiken 池田屋事件[/URL][/b]
"An attack in July 1864 by the Shinsengumi, under the leadership of Kondô Isami, on a meeting of anti-bakufu shishi held in a Kyôto (p.77) ryokan (p.107) named Ikedaya..."
Interesting info on how Katsura Kogrô missed the event.

[b][URL=http://www.shinsengumihq.com/misc_facts.htm]Ikedaya Jiken[/URL][/b]
"On July 8, 1864, (June 5, 1864 on the old calendar) in the middle of Gion festivities, the Shinsengumi stormed the Ikedaya Inn in Southern Kyoto to suppress the fanatical imperialist samurai who were planning to burn the capital, kidnap the emperor and kill Matsudaira Katamori...."
Has info on casualties.

[b]Incident leading up to the Ikedaya Jiken: [URL=http://allkenshin.com/history/shinsengumi.shtml#shinsengumi04]The Arrest of Masuya Kiemon (Kotaka Shintaro)[/URL][/b]
A bit romanticized but still useful.

[b][URL=http://www.koyagi.com/ACPages/acm.html]Masuya shop, Kyoto[/URL][/b]
More info on Kotaka Shintaro's arrest.

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[COLOR=#95005E][SIZE=1]I'm pretty sure just one Shinsengumi member died on the spot. Okita coughed up blood and passed out, but it was because he had tubercolosis. Kondo, as [URL=http://www.kendo-world.com/forum/archive/index.php?t-6522.html]this forum[/URL] (which I've a nagging feeling you already saw. *looks around and panics*) says, was captured by the Ishin Shishi after the Ikedaya Jiken.

Shinsengumi divided into 2 groups, one for each of the two inns they had to storm that day. Kondo's team attacked the Ikedaya Inn, found out that the Choshu meeting was being held there and realized that they should've sent Hijikata's group instead (probably because they had more men in Hijikata's? I really don't know. The stuff's pretty hazy).

[b][URL=http://www.merit5.co.jp/gyosei/chofu/0408/0408_7.html]Chofu City News August 2004[/URL][/b]
[QUOTE][SIZE=1]"We are on duty, and we will kill any outlaws without mercy..."
On the second floor of the Kyoto inn Ikedaya on June 5, 1864, Kondo Isami shouted these words concerning the lawless swordsmen he had been searching for.

Thus began the bloody tumult. However, being outnumbered, the Shinsengumi fought an uphill battle even though they were skilled swordsmen. [b]Of the 10 Shinsengumi members with Kondo at the Ikedaya melee, three men were fatally injured. In addition, Okita Soji collapsed, Todo Heisuke was injured and Kondo himself could not move as he was surrounded by several swordsmen.[/b] The conflict continued in a tense showdown with the heroic fighting of Shinsengumi's top swordsman Nagakura Shinpachi.

Just then, the Hijikata group, which had been elsewhere at the time, rushed to Ikedaya to help. The fighting then took a dramatic turn, and Shinsengumi were victorious.
With the fall of the main swordsmen who were aiming to destroy the Shogunate, some say that the Meiji Restoration was delayed by one or two years, while others say that it made the Meiji Restoration happen more quickly. In either case, the Ikedaya Incident was definitely a turning point in the history of the end of the Shogunate.

So that's all they said. One died on the spot; the other two died later. They weren't troop captains, just plain members of the Shisengumi. That's pretty sad.
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