Poet, tea master, feudal lord of Hikone and later Tairo (Chief Minister or Regent) to the Shogunate.
A revered political activist from just before the Meiji Restoration
The man known as the father of the Meiji Restoration and one of Japan's greatest teachers.
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The battle that cleared the way for the Tokugawa Shogunate, and set the stage for long-term satisfaction in western Japan
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