Year. Month. Day
Year. Month. Day
Meiji Emperor dies
1913 [Taisho 2]
Nov 2 Tokugawa Yoshinobu dies in Shizuoka (Sunpu) (Mori 287)
Nagakura gave an oral history to a journalist beginning in 1911. His words were later published in the "Hotaru Shinbun over a three-month period in 1913...and embellished by the vivid imagination of the journalist...Nagakura's more historically accurate written memoirs constitute the only firsthand account of the five-year history of the Shinsengumi. Long before his newspaper inteview, Nagakura had lent his written memoirs to an acquaintance...they were never returned." (Hillsborough 184)
Japan enters WWI (Hane 491)
First Shinsengumi film released and Nagakura Shinpachi's son attended the premiere (Information from Michael)
January 5 Nagakura Shinpachi (Sugimura Yoshie) died
September 28 Saitou Hajime (Fujita Goro) died
[see 1913 and 1998] Shinsengumi Tenmatsuki by Nagakura Shinpachi and Sugimura Yoshitaro printed by Shin Jinbutsu Oraisha (it will be reprinted in 1971)

A 28 minute silent film "Shinsengumi" was made by Shochiku [learn more about Shinsegumi Films here]

Shinsengumi Shimatsuki (the Particulars of the Shinsengumi) by Shimozawa Kan (1892-1968) is published [detail from Serizawa Kamo]

Hirao Michio's book Shinsengumishi (History of the Shinsengumi)
published just after Shimozawa Kan's Shinsengumi Shimatsuki.
Hirao interviewed Kondou Isami's heir, Kondou Yugoro, and
members of the Miyagawa family. (Hillsborough Shinsengumi 27)

Dai-bosatsu Toge : Great Bodhisattva Pass by Nakazato Kaizan (1885-1944) translated into English. It is the first work of fiction about the Shinsengumi in the western world.

Shinsengumi Ibun (The Posthumous Accounts of the Shinsengumi) by Shimozawa Kan (1892-1968) is published [detail from Serizawa Kamo]

Ikeda Shichisaburou (his real name was Hieda Rihachi) died. He was known as "Saigo no Shinsengumi" or the Last Shinsengumi
Nagakura's Shinsengumi Tenmatsuki reprinted see 1913, 1927 and 1928
Moeyo ken by Shiba Ryotaro (1923-1996) primarily about Hijikata Toshizo is published---this novel is the source of inspiration for many fans, artists and writers.
During this decade the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department began to compile its history in anticipation of its centennial anniversary. During these years, Toshiyoshi/Toshinaga Kawaji's writings were discovered, as well as many photographs from the Seinan War---including the one of Fujita Goro. Many films were made this decade sparking a renewed interest in the group. Older fans today mention that this decade was when they first encountered the Shinsengumi.
Shinsengumi fukucho jokin Saito Hajime by Akama, Shizuko (1926-) This is her first book on Saito. She will write a couple more on him.
Shinsengumi Monogatari (The Tales of the Shinsengumi) by Shimozawa Kan is published (the first date of publication is not known) [detail from Serizawa Kamo]
Hijikato Toshizo hiwa by Akama, Shizuko.
The TV miniseries BYAKKOTAI depicts the Shinsengumi and Aizu.
In the early 1990s a red-haired hitokiri became a star in the manga RUROUNI KENSHIN by Watsuki Nobuhiro (1970-) which was later adapted into an anime and exported worldwide. Some characters were based on Shinsengumi captains and ofcourse one of the surviving members Saito Hajime. The late 90s and 2000-2003 marked another peak in popularity when the series was distributed worldwide [Learn more here]

Please see [1913] the more historically accurate written account by Nagakura were discovered and published Shinsengumi senjo nikki :Nagakura Shinpachi "Roshi Bunkyu hokoku kiji" o yomu by Sachihiko Kimura; Shinpachi Nagakura isbn 4569603335

Nagakura, Shinpachi. Shinsengumi Tenmatsuki. published by Shinjinbutsu Oraisha


Shinsengumi Keppuroku made by TV Asahi learn more here 1 2

Gohatto or Taboo directed by Oshima Nagisa (based on a story by Shiba Ryotaro)
Mibugishiden by Asada Jiro (1951-) the novel later won a prestigious award and adapted into a TV series staring Watanabe Ken (who starred in Tom Cruise's Last Samurai)
Mibu gishi den (Mibugishiden or "When the Last Sword is Drawn) went on to win Japan's Academy award for Best Film, Actor and Supporting Actor
The Shinsengumi were officially pardoned by the Japanese government. Individual members had been pardoned before but this is the first time for the collective it was done so for the collective group. It took descendants years of pettioning the Japanese government for this to happen of course NHK helped . The Shinsengumi were finally included in Kyoto's Festival of The Ages for the first time and are now a regular in the festival and 2003 was the first year that the Ikedaya Jigen was commorated now there is also a yearly Ikedaya celebration . (Information from Michael)

NHK's Taiga Drama "SHINSENGUMI!" later won numerous awards

At the end of 2004 this magazine published a photo of a very old Fujita Goro.


The newly discovered photo of Fujita Goro was donated to Tsurugajo Musem (Flying Crane Castle in Aizu).

A documentary produced by Nagakura Shinpachi's descendants aired on Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting and it later won an award. Later in the year they produced a book on their famous ancestor.

NHK New Year's Special "The Last Day of Hijikata Toshizo" (a sequel to the year long Taiga Drama)