• Akane Kibune

Sword cut on Sanjo-ohashi Bridge

I like Japanese history. In particular, I’m very fond of the late Edo (江戸) Period.

At the end of the period when the days of Tokugawa shogunate (徳川幕府) was closing, the patriots dreaming of creation of newborn Japan were very active.

At the night of June 5, 1864, the Shinsengumi (新選組, supporters/police of the Tokugawa shogunate), attacked a group of Sonno Joi-ha (尊王攘夷派, supporters of the doctrine of restoring the emperor and expelling the barbarians) at the inn “Ikeda-ya (池田屋)” near Sanjo-kobashi (三条小橋).

Patriots who plotted to overthrow the shogunate were killed by Kondo Isami (近藤勇), the commander of the Shinsengumi, and other members such as Okita Soshi (沖田総司). The battle field was extended to the Sanjo-ohashi (三条大橋) Bridge. The marks of the swords are still can be seen on the ornamental cap of the bridge.

When I touched the sword mark, I could imagine how passionate they were for their ideal, no matter which side they were. They both had a faith.

Akane Kibune