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Recently, a number of our guests intend on paying only a fleeting visit to Kyoto, & so ask us about 'must-sees' for those with limited time in the city. If you had a chance to see or do only one thing during your time here (apart from tea ceremony!), what would you choose? 1/6
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Otose was a fierce loyalist. In 1867 she paid for the burial of 6 Satsuma soldiers (Satsuma couldn't claim the bodies as the men had been forced to commit seppuku as traitors). During her life Otose brought up 5 abandoned children. She is buried at Shorin-ji (松林寺). 19/19
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When Ryoma went into hiding, Otose took in Oryo and adopted her as a daughter. Oryo remained at Terada-ya for 16 months after the incident. Otose had a portrait of Ryoma commissioned. It is from this that the statue in Maruyama Park was created. 18/19
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Ryoma eventually managed to get back to the Satsuma residence (where Oryo was waiting), where he was kept hidden. A romantic story was later told that this is where Ryoma and Oryo married (likely they were already 2 years wed at this time). 17/19
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Adventures in Kyoto Jun 17
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In the gloom Ryoma and the other men fought the intruders with sword and pistols. They were able to escape down the back stairs, through the storm shutters of a neighbouring property, into a side street and to freedom, alive but wounded. 16/19
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Ryoma and Miyoshi Shinzo (三吉慎蔵) were about to go to bed when Shogunate forces gathered around the inn. Legend has it that Ryoma's mistress Oryo (お竜/楢崎龍) heard the men, leapt from her bath and rushed naked through the house to warn the men. 15/19
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Adventures in Kyoto Jun 17
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Ryoma had been pivotal in forging the alliance, and his anti-Shogunate leanings made him a wanted man in the capital. It came to the attention of the Fushimi magistrate that he was staying at the Terada-ya, and on March 8th they attacked. 14/19
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Shortly after the incident, Otose became acquainted with Sakamoto Ryoma. Initially introduced by Satsuma samurai, Ryoma became a regular at the inn. On March 7th an alliance between Choshu and Satsuma domains was inked at the Fushimi residence of Satsuma-han. 13/19
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Fierce fighting broke out at the Terada-ya. Although he was outnumbered, Narahara emerged victorious (in part thanks to the imperial authority he carried with him). Arima and 8 other rebels died (2 forced to commit seppuku later). Otose paid the funeral costs of the 9 men. 12/19
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At this same time Shimazu Hisamitsu (島津久光), Satsuma Daimyo, had been issued with an imperial command to pacify the groups of anti-Shogunate Ronin gathering in the capital. He thus sent Narahara Shigeru (奈良原喜八郎), Oyama Kakunosuke (大山格之助) & 7 men to stop Arima. 11/19
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The group would kill Kanpaku (regent) Kujo Hisatada (九条尚忠 1798-1871) & Kyoto Governor Sakai Tadaaki (京都所司代・酒井忠義 1813-73). Chōshū Domain had agreed to join the coup d'etat, and once the murders were confirmed would raise an army to assail the capital. 10/19
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Late at night on May 21st 1862 the radical Arima Shinshichi (有馬新七 1825-62) gathered with 40 men at the Terada-ya to set in motion a bombastic plan to bring down the Shogunate. Two assassinations would act as a starting pistol for a nationwide uprising. 9/19
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The Satsuma Daimyo (a natural enemy of the shogunate) was obliged to send troops to break apart a meeting of dispirited Shishi. Many were from his own domain, but despite this he had been given a command from Emperor Komei to prevent unwanted acts of violence by Ronin. 8/19
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Otose had married the 6th generation owner of Terada-ya, but as he was constantly drinking & gambling away their money, she effectively took over. She became a successful, compassionate businesswoman. Then, in 1862, the first of the Terada Incidents (寺田屋騒動) occurred. 7/19
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From the end of the Edo period, Terada-ya was run by a proprietress by the name of Otose (お登勢 1830?-1878?). She catered mainly to Shishi (志士-anti-Shogunate, pro-imperial loyalists), many of these men from Satsuma (the residence of the Satsuma Daimyo was nearby). 6/19
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By the end of the Edo period Fushimi was by far the largest inland port in the country, boasting a population of 40,000 people. There was a huge demand for inns like Terada-ya. The nearby landing station was served by no less than 10 inns! 5/19
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The Terada-ya was founded around 1597, shortly after the creation of Fushimi Castle (伏見城) and its surrounding town. Such inns (known as Funya-do 船宿-Inns for Sailors) developed to cater for the boatmen and sailors, embarking & disembarking at Fushimi port. 4/19
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The current inn is a newer incarnation built beside the original (with even the bullet holes reproduced from the Sakamoto incident!). The first inn burnt down during the Battle of Toba Fushimi (鳥羽伏見の戦い) in 1868, & a memorial now marks the spot. 3/19
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The first incident involved the Daimyo of Satsuma forcibly putting down a group of rogue Satsuma samurai planning to overthrow the government. The second, more famous, incident involved an attack on Sakamoto Ryoma (坂本竜馬 1836-67). He barely escaped with his life. 2/19
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TERADA-YA -THE REBELS' INN⚔️ Terada-ya (寺田屋) is located in the port town of Fushimi, south of Kyoto. Once close to the residence of the Satsuma Daimyo, the inn was a known gathering place for ronin loyal to the pro-imperial cause. It was the scene of two famous ambushes. 1/19
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