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BAKUMATSU (幕末, _bakumatsu_, "the end (_matsu_) of the military government (_baku_, short for _bakufu_ "tent-government")) refers to the final years of the Edo period when the Tokugawa shogunate ended. Between 1853 and 1867 Japan
ended its isolationist foreign policy known as _sakoku _ and changed from a feudal Tokugawa shogunate to the pre-modern empire of the Meiji government . The major ideological-political divide during this period was between the pro-imperial nationalists called _ishin shishi _ and the shogunate forces, which included the elite shinsengumi swordsmen.

Although these two groups were the most visible powers, many other factions attempted to use the chaos of Bakumatsu
to seize personal power. Furthermore, there were two other main driving forces for dissent: first, growing resentment on the part of the _tozama daimyō _ (or outside lords), and second, growing anti-Western sentiment following the arrival of Matthew C. Perry . The first related to those lords who had fought against Tokugawa forces at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 and had from that point on been excluded permanently from all powerful positions within the shogunate. The second was to be expressed in the phrase _sonnō jōi _, or "revere the Emperor, expel the barbarians". The turning point of the Bakumatsu was during the Boshin War
Boshin War
and the Battle of Toba–Fushimi when pro-shogunate forces were defeated.


* 1 Foreign frictions

* 2 Commodore Perry (1853–54)

* 2.1 Political troubles and modernization * 2.2 Earthquakes

* 3 Treaties of Amity and Commerce (1858)

* 4 Crisis and conflict

* 4.1 Political crisis * 4.2 Attacks on foreigners and their supporters * 4.3 Economic and social crisis * 4.4 Imperial "Order to expel barbarians" (1863)

* 5 Military interventions against Sonnō Jōi (1863–1865)

* 5.1 American intervention (July 1863) * 5.2 French intervention (August 1863) * 5.3 British bombardment of Kagoshima (August 1863) * 5.4 Repression of the Mito rebellion (May 1864) * 5.5 Chōshū rebellion * 5.6 Allied bombardment of Shimonoseki
(September 1864) * 5.7 Conservative reaffirmation

* 6 Twilight of the Bakufu

* 6.1 Hyōgo naval expedition (November 1865) * 6.2 Second Chōshū expedition
Second Chōshū expedition
(June 1866) * 6.3 Renewal and modernization * 6.4 Boshin War
Boshin War

* 7 See also

* 7.1 Prominent figures * 7.2 International relations

* 8 Footnotes * 9 Notes * 10 Further reading * 11 External links


Main article: Sakoku _ Russians meeting Japanese in 1779 The British frigate Phaeton_ forced supplies from the Japanese in 1808. _ The Morrison_ of Charles W. King , was repelled from Edo Bay in 1837.

Frictions with foreign shipping led Japan
to take defensive actions from the beginning of the 19th century. Western ships were increasing their presence around Japan
due to whaling activities and the China trade. They were hoping for Japan
to become a base for supply or at least a place where shipwrecks could receive assistance. The violent demands made by the British frigate _Phaeton_ in 1808 shocked many in Japan. In 1825, the Edict to expel foreigners at all cost (異国船無二念打払令, _Ikokusen Muninen Uchiharairei_, "Don't think twice" policy) was issued by the Shogunate, prohibiting any contacts with foreigners; it remained in place until 1842. A 150-pound Satsuma cannon , built in 1849. It was mounted on Fort Tenpozan at Kagoshima . Caliber: 290mm, length: 4220mm

Meanwhile, Japan
endeavoured to learn about foreign sciences through rangaku ("Western studies"). To reinforce Japan's capability to carry on the orders to repel Westerners, some such as the Nagasaki
-based Takashima Shūhan managed to obtain weapons through the Dutch at Dejima
, such as field guns, mortars and firearms . Domains sent students to learn from Takashima in Nagasaki, from Satsuma Domain after the intrusion of an American warship in 1837 in Kagoshima Bay , and from Saga Domain and Chōshū Domain , all southern domains mostly exposed to Western intrusions. These domains also studied the manufacture of Western weapons. By 1852 Satsuma and Saga had reverbatory furnaces to produce the iron necessary for firearms.

Following the _Morrison_ incident involving the _Morrison_ under Charles W. King in 1837, Egawa Hidetatsu was put in charge of establishing the defense of Tokyo Bay against Western intrusions in 1839. After the victory of the British over the Chinese in the 1840 Opium War
Opium War
, many Japanese realized that traditional ways would not be sufficient to repel Western intrusions. To resist Western military forces, Western guns were studied and demonstrations made in 1841 by Takashima Shūhan to the Tokugawa Shogunate.

A national debate was already taking place about how to better avoid foreign domination. Some like Egawa claimed that it was necessary to use the foreigners' techniques to repel them. Others, such as Torii Yōzō argued that only traditional Japanese methods should be employed and reinforced. Egawa argued that just as Confucianism and Buddhism
had been introduced from abroad, it made sense to introduce useful Western techniques. A theoretical synthesis of "Western knowledge" and "Eastern morality" would later be accomplished by Sakuma Shōzan and Yokoi Shōnan
Yokoi Shōnan
, in view of "controlling the barbarians with their own methods".

After 1839, however, traditionalists tended to prevail. Students of Western sciences were accused of treason (_ Bansha no goku _), put under house arrest ( Takashima Shūhan ), forced to commit ritual suicide ( Watanabe Kazan , Takano Chōei ), or even assassinated as in the case of Sakuma Shōzan .


_ Odaiba
battery at the entrance of Tokyo, built in 1853–54 to prevent an American intrusion One of the cannons of Odaiba, now at the Yasukuni Shrine . 80-pound bronze, bore: 250mm, length: 3830mm Japanese coastal wooden cannon built by the daimyōs _ at the Bakufu
's order for Commodore Perry 's arrival, 1853–54

When Commodore Matthew C. Perry 's four-ship squadron appeared in Edo Bay (Tokyo Bay) in July 1853, the _bakufu _ (shogunate ) was thrown into turmoil. Commodore Perry was fully prepared for hostilities if his negotiations with the Japanese failed, and threatened to open fire if the Japanese refused to negotiate. He gave them two white flags, telling them to hoist the flags when they wished a bombardment from his fleet to cease and to surrender. To demonstrate his weapons, Perry ordered his ships to attack several buildings around the harbor. The ships of Perry were equipped with new Paixhans shell guns , capable of bringing destruction everywhere a shell landed. Nirayama (韮山) reverberatory furnace in Izunokuni, Shizuoka , Japan built by Egawa Hidetatsu . Construction began in November 1853 and was completed in 1857; it operated until 1864.

Fortifications were established at Odaiba
in Tokyo Bay in order to protect Edo
from an American incursion. Industrial developments were also soon started in order to build modern cannons. A reverbatory furnace was established by Egawa Hidetatsu in Nirayama to cast cannons. Attempts were made at building Western-style warships such as the _Shōhei Maru_ by using Dutch textbooks.

The American fleet returned in 1854. The chairman of the senior councillors, Abe Masahiro , was responsible for dealing with the Americans. Having no precedent to manage this threat to national security , Abe tried to balance the desires of the senior councillors to compromise with the foreigners, of the emperor who wanted to keep the foreigners out, and of the feudal _daimyō _ rulers who wanted to go to war. Lacking consensus, Abe compromised by accepting Perry's demands for opening Japan
to foreign trade while also making military preparations. In March 1854, the Treaty of Peace and Amity (or Treaty of Kanagawa) maintained the prohibition on trade but opened the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American whaling ships seeking provisions, guaranteed good treatment to shipwrecked American sailors, and allowed a United States consul to take up residence in Shimoda , a seaport on the Izu Peninsula , southwest of Edo. In February 1855, the Russians followed suit with the Treaty of Shimoda .


The Nagasaki
Naval Training Center , in Nagasaki
, near Dejima

The resulting damage to the shogunate was significant. Debate over government policy was unusual and had engendered public criticism of the shogunate. In the hope of enlisting the support of new allies, Abe, to the consternation of the _fudai daimyōs _, had consulted with the _shinpan _ and _tozama daimyōs _, further undermining the already weakened _bakufu _.

In the Ansei Reform (1854–1856), Abe then tried to strengthen the regime by ordering Dutch warships and armaments from the Netherlands and building new port defenses. In 1855, with Dutch assistance, the Shogunate acquired its first steam warship, _ Kankō Maru _, which was used for training, and opened the Nagasaki
Naval Training Center with Dutch instructors, while a Western-style military school was established at Edo. In 1857, it acquired its first screw-driven steam warship, the _Kanrin Maru_ . Scientific knowledge was quickly expanded from the pre-existing foundation of Western knowledge (_ Rangaku _, "Dutch learning").

Opposition to Abe increased within _fudai_ circles, which opposed opening shogunate councils to _tozama daimyōs_, and he was replaced in 1855 as chairman of the senior councilors by Hotta Masayoshi (1810–1864). At the head of the dissident faction was Tokugawa Nariaki , who had long embraced a militant loyalty to the emperor along with anti-foreign sentiments, and who had been put in charge of national defense in 1854. The Mito school —based on neo-Confucian and Shinto principles—had as its goal the restoration of the imperial institution, the turning back of the West.


The period saw a dramatic series of earthquakes, the Ansei great earthquakes , including the 1854 Tōkai earthquake in December 1854, with the 1854 Nankai earthquake the following day, and the 1855 Edo earthquake in November 1855. An earthquake and tsunami struck Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula during the December 23 1854 Tōkai earthquake , and because the port had just been designated as the prospective location for a US consulate, some construed the natural disasters as demonstration of the displeasure of the gods.


Townsend Harris negotiated the "Treaty of Amity and Commerce " in 1858, opening Japan
to foreign influence and trade, under unequal conditions. View of Yokohama
in 1859.

Following the nomination of Townsend Harris as U.S. Consul in 1856 and two years of negotiation, the "Treaty of Amity and Commerce " was signed in 1858 and put into application from mid-1859. In a major diplomatic coup, Harris had abundantly pointed out the aggressive colonialism of France and Great Britain against China in the current Second Opium War
Opium War
(1856–1860), suggesting that these countries would not hesitate to go to war against Japan
as well, and that the United States offered a peaceful alternative.

The most important points of the Treaty were:

* exchange of diplomatic agents. * Edo
, Kobe
, Nagasaki
, Niigata , and Yokohama
’s opening to foreign trade as ports. * ability of United States citizens to live and trade at will in those ports (only opium trade was prohibited). * a system of extraterritoriality that provided for the subjugation of foreign residents to the laws of their own consular courts instead of the Japanese law system. * fixed low import-export duties, subject to international control * ability for Japan
to purchase American shipping and weapons (three American steamships were delivered to Japan
in 1862).

was also forced to apply any further conditions granted to other foreign nations in the future to the United States, under the "most favoured nation" provision. Soon several foreign nations followed suit and obtained treaties with Japan
(the Ansei Five-Power Treaties , with the United States ( Harris Treaty ) on July 29, 1858, Dutch (Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the Netherlands
and Japan ) on August 18, Russia (Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Russia and Japan
) August 19, Great Britain (Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Amity and Commerce ) on August 26, and France (Treaty of Amity and Commerce between France and Japan
) on October 9).

Trading houses were quickly set up in the open ports.



Hotta Masayoshi (1810–1864)

Hotta lost the support of key _daimyōs_, and when Tokugawa Nariaki opposed the new treaty, Hotta sought imperial sanction. The court officials, perceiving the weakness of the _bakufu_, rejected Hotta's request which resulted in the resignation of himself, and thus suddenly embroiled Kyoto
and the emperor in Japan's internal politics for the first time in many centuries. When the shogun died without an heir , Nariaki appealed to the court for support of his own son, Tokugawa Yoshinobu (or Keiki), for shogun, a reformist candidate favored by the _shinpan_ and _tozama daimyōs_. The _fudai_ won the power struggle, however, installing the 12 year old Tokugawa Iemochi as shogun whom it was perceived Tairō Ii Naosuke would have influence over, ultimately placing Nariaki and Yoshinobu under house arrest, and executing Yoshida Shōin
Yoshida Shōin
(1830–1859, a leading _sonnō-jōi_ intellectual who had opposed the American treaty and plotted a revolution against the bakufu) known as Ansei Purge .


Attack on the British legation in Edo, July 1861. Assassination of Prime Minister Ii Naosuke in the Sakuradamon incident (1860) .

From 1859, the ports of Nagasaki
, Hakodate and Yokohama
became open to foreign traders as a consequence of the Treaties. Foreigners arrived in Yokohama
and Kanagawa
in great numbers, giving rise to trouble with the samurai. Violence increased against the foreigners and those who dealt with them. Murders of foreigners and collaborating Japanese soon followed. On 26 August 1859, a Russian sailor was cut to pieces in the streets of Yokohama. In early 1860, two Dutch captains were slaughtered, also in Yokohama. Chinese and native servants of foreigners were also killed.

Japanese Prime Minister Ii Naosuke , who had signed the Harris Treaty and tried to eliminate opposition to Westernization with the Ansei Purge , was himself murdered in March 1860 in the Sakuradamon incident . A servant of the French Minister was attacked at the end of 1860. On 14 January 1861, Henry Heusken , Secretary to the American mission, was attacked and murdered. On 5 July 1861, a group of samurai attacked the British Legation, resulting in two deaths. During this period, about one foreigner was killed every month. The Richardson Affair occurred in September 1862, forcing foreign nations to take decisive action in order to protect foreigners and guarantee the implementation of Treaty provisions. In May 1863, the US legation in Edo
was torched.


Further information: Japanese currency

JAPANESE FOREIGN TRADE (1860–1865, in Mexican dollars )

1860 1865

4.7 million 17 million

1.66 million 15 million

Foreign ships in Yokohama
harbor. A foreign trading house in Yokohama
in 1861.

The opening of Japan
to uncontrolled foreign trade brought massive economic instability. While some entrepreneurs prospered, many others went bankrupt. Unemployment
rose, as well as inflation . Coincidentally, major famines also increased the price of food drastically. Incidents occurred between brash foreigners, qualified as "the scum of the earth" by a contemporary diplomat, and the Japanese. Japan's monetary system, based on Tokugawa coinage
Tokugawa coinage
, broke down due to foreign arbitrage . Allegory of inflation and soaring prices during the Bakumatsu

Japan's monetary system, based on Tokugawa coinage
Tokugawa coinage
, also broke down. Traditionally, Japan's exchange rate between gold and silver was 1:5, whereas international rates were of the order of 1:15. This led to massive purchases of gold by foreigners, and ultimately forced the Japanese authorities to devalue their currency. There was a massive outflow of gold from Japan, as foreigners rushed to exchange their silver for "token" silver Japanese coinage and again exchange these against gold, giving a 200% profit to the transaction. In 1860, about 4 million ryōs thus left Japan, that is about 70 tons of gold. This effectively destroyed Japan's gold standard system, and forced it to return to weight-based system with International rates. The Bakufu instead responded to the crises by debasing the gold content of its coins by two thirds, so as to match foreign gold-silver exchange ratios.

Foreigners also brought cholera to Japan, leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths. Members of the First Japanese Embassy to Europe (1862) , around Shibata Sadataro, head of the mission staff (seated).

During the 1860s, peasant uprisings (hyakushō ikki) and urban disturbances (uchikowashi) multiplied. "World renewal" movement appeared (yonaoshi ikki), as well as feverish hysteric movements such as the Eejanaika ("Why Not?").

Several missions were sent abroad by the Bakufu, in order to learn about Western civilization, revise unequal treaties , and delay the opening of cities and harbour to foreign trade. These efforts towards revision remained largely unsuccessful.

A Japanese Embassy to the United States was sent in 1860, on board the _Kanrin Maru_ and the USS _Powhattan_. A First Japanese Embassy to Europe was sent in 1862.


_ An 1861 image expressing the Jōi _ (攘夷, "Expel the Barbarians") sentiment.

Belligerent opposition to Western influence further erupted into open conflict when the Emperor Kōmei , breaking with centuries of imperial tradition, began to take an active role in matters of state and issued, on March 11 and April 11, 1863, his "Order to expel barbarians " (攘夷実行の勅命, _jōi jikkō no chokumei_). Japanese cannons shooting on Western shipping at Shimonoseki
in 1863. Japanese painting.

The Mōri clan of Chōshū , under Lord Mori Takachika
Mori Takachika
, followed on the order, and began to take actions to expel all foreigners from the date fixed as a deadline (May 10, Lunar calendar). Openly defying the shogunate, Takachika ordered his forces to fire without warning on all foreign ships traversing Shimonoseki
Strait .

Under pressure from the Emperor, the Shogun was also forced to issue a declaration promulgating the end of relations with foreigners. The order was forwarded to foreign legations by Ogasawara Zusho no Kami on June 24, 1863:

"The orders of the Tycoon , received from Kyoto
, are to the effect that the ports are to be closed and the foreigners driven out, because the people of the country do not desire intercourse with foreign countries." — Missive of Ogasawara Dzusho no Kami, June 24, 1863, quoted in _A Diplomat in Japan_, Ernest Satow, p75

Lieutenant-Colonel Neale , head of the British legation, responded on very strong terms, equating the move with a declaration of war:

"It is, in fact, a declaration of war by Japan
itself against the whole of the Treaty Powers, and the consequences of which, if not at once arrested, it will have to expiate by the severest and most merited chastisement" — Edward Neale, June 24, 1863. Quoted in _A Diplomat in Japan_, Ernest Satow, p77

A Second Japanese Embassy to Europe would be sent in December 1863, with the mission to obtain European support to reinstate Japan's former closure to foreign trade, and especially stop foreign access to the harbor of Yokohama
. The Embassy ended in total failure as European powers did not see any advantages in yielding to its demands.


* v * t * e

Late Tokugawa conflicts

* 1st Shimonoseki
* Kagoshima * Mito * Hamaguri Gate * 1st Chōshū * 2nd Shimonoseki
* 2nd Chōshū * Boshin War
Boshin War

American influence, so important in the beginning, waned after 1861 due to the advent of the American Civil War (1861–1865) that monopolized all available U.S. resources. This influence would be replaced by that of the British, the Dutch and the French.

The two ringleaders of the opposition to the Bakufu
were from the provinces Satsuma (present day Kagoshima prefecture) and Chōshū (present-day Yamaguchi prefecture), two of the strongest tozama anti-shogunate domains in Edo period Japan. Satsuma military leaders Saigō Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi were brought together with Katsura Kogorō (Kido Takayoshi) of Chōshū. As they happened to be directly involved in the murder of Richardson for the former, and the attacks on foreign shipping in Shimonoseki
for the latter, and as the Bakufu
declared itself unable to placate them, Allied forces decided to mount direct military expeditions.


_ The USS Wyoming_ battling in the Shimonoseki
Straits against the Choshu steam warships _Daniel Webster_ (six guns), the brig _Lanrick_ (_Kosei_, with ten guns), and the steamer _Lancefield_ (_Koshin_, of four guns). Main article: Naval battle of Shimonoseki

In the morning of July 16, 1863, under sanction by Minister Pruyn, in an apparent swift response to the attack on the _Pembroke_, the U.S. frigate USS _Wyoming_ under Captain McDougal himself sailed into the strait and single-handedly engaged the U.S.-built but poorly manned rebel fleet. For almost two hours before withdrawing, McDougal sank one enemy vessel and severely damaged the other two, along with some forty Japanese casualties, while the _Wyoming_ suffered extensive damage with fourteen crew dead or wounded.


Main article: Bombardment of Shimonoseki

On the heels of McDougal's engagement, two weeks later a French landing force of two warships, the _Tancrède_ and the _Dupleix _, and 250 men under Captain Benjamin Jaurès swept into Shimonoseki
and destroyed a small town, together with at least one artillery emplacement.


_ Birds-eye view of the bombardment of Kagoshima by the Royal Navy
, August 15, 1863. Le Monde Illustré _. Main article: Bombardment of Kagoshima

In August 1863, the Bombardment of Kagoshima took place, in retaliation for the Namamugi incident and the murder of the English trader Richardson. The British Royal Navy
Royal Navy
bombarded the town of Kagoshima and destroyed several ships. Satsuma however later negotiated and paid 25,000 pounds, but did not remit Richardson's killers, and in exchange obtained an agreement by Great Britain to supply steam warships to Satsuma. The conflict actually became the starting point of a close relationship between Satsuma and Great Britain, which became major allies in the ensuing Boshin War
Boshin War
. From the start, the Satsuma Province had generally been in favour of the opening and modernization of Japan. Although the Namamugi Incident was unfortunate, it was not characteristic of Satsuma's policy, and was rather abusively branded as an example of anti-foreign sonnō jōi sentiment, as a justification to a strong Western show of force.


Main article: Mito Rebellion
Mito Rebellion
Shogunate troops moving to quell the Mito rebellion in 1864.

On 2 May 1864, another rebellion erupted against the power of the Shogunate, the Mito rebellion . This rebellion also was in the name of the _Sonnō Jōi _, the expulsion of the Western "barbarians" and the return to Imperial rule. The Shogunate managed to send an army to quell the revolt, which was ended in blood with the surrender of the rebels on 14 January 1865.


Main articles: Kinmon Incident and First Chōshū expedition

In the Kinmon Incident on 20 August 1864, troops from Chōshū Domain attempted to take control of Kyoto
and the Imperial Palace in order to pursue the objective of _Sonnō Jōi _. This also led to a punitive expedition by the Tokugawa government, the First Chōshū expedition (長州征討).


The Bombardment of Shimonoseki
, 1863–1864 Main article: Bombardment of Shimonoseki

Western nations planned an armed retaliation against armed Japanese opposition with the Bombardment of Shimonoseki. The Allied intervention occurred in September 1864, combining the naval forces of the United Kingdom , the Netherlands
, France and the United States, against the powerful _daimyō_ Mōri Takachika of the Chōshū Domain based in Shimonoseki
, Japan
. This conflict threatened to involve America, which in 1864, was already torn by its own civil war.


Following these successes against the imperial movement in Japan, the Shogunate was able to reassert a certain level of primacy at the end of 1864. The traditional policy of _sankin-kōtai _ was reinstated, and remnants of the rebellions of 1863–64 as well as the _Shishi_ movement were brutally suppressed throughout the land.

The military interventions by foreign powers also proved that Japan was no military match against the West, and that expelling foreigners was not a realistic policy. The _sonnō jōi_ movement thus lost its initial impetus. The structural weaknesses of the Bakufu
however remained an issue, and the focus of opposition would then shift to creating a strong government under a single authority.



Japanese Bakufu
Infantry (Osaka, 29 April 1867). Painting by Jules Brunet .

As the Bakufu
proved incapable to pay the $3,000,000 indemnity demanded by foreign nations for the intervention at Shimonoseki, foreign nations agreed to reduce the amount in exchange for a ratification of the Harris Treaty by the Emperor, a lowering of customs tariffs to a uniform 5%, and the opening of the harbours of Hyōgo (modern Kōbe ) and Osaka
to foreign trade. In order to press their demands more forcefully, a squadron of four British, one Dutch and three French warships were sent to the harbour of Hyōgo in November 1865. Various incursions were made by foreign forces, until the Emperor finally agreed to change his total opposition to the Treaties, by formally allowing the Shogun to handle negotiations with foreign powers.

These conflicts led to the realization that head-on conflict with Western nations was not a solution for Japan. As the Bakufu
continued its modernization efforts, Western _daimyōs_ (especially from Satsuma and Chōshū) also continued to modernize intensively in order to build a stronger Japan
and to establish a more legitimate government under Imperial power.


Main article: Second Chōshū expedition
Second Chōshū expedition
Shogunate Samurai troops in the Second Chōshū expedition
Second Chōshū expedition

The Shogunate led a second punitive expedition against Chōshū from June 1866, but the Shogunate was actually defeated by the more modern and better organized troops of Chōshū. The new Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu managed to negotiate a ceasefire due to the death of the previous Shogun, but the prestige of the Shogunate was nevertheless seriously affected.

This reversal encouraged the Bakufu
to take drastic steps towards modernization.


_ Kanrin Maru_ , Japan's first screw-driven steam warship, 1855

During the last years of the _bakufu_, or _bakumatsu_, the _bakufu_ took strong measures to try to reassert its dominance, although its involvement with modernization and foreign powers was to make it a target of anti-Western sentiment throughout the country. Tokugawa Yoshinobu , the last shogun, in French military uniform, c. 1867

Naval students were sent to study in Western naval schools for several years, starting a tradition of foreign-educated future leaders, such as Admiral Enomoto . The French naval engineer Léonce Verny was hired to build naval arsenals, such as Yokosuka
and Nagasaki . By the end of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868, the Japanese navy of the shogun already possessed eight western-style steam warships around the flagship _Kaiyō Maru_ , which were used against pro-imperial forces during the Boshin war
Boshin war
, under the command of Admiral Enomoto . A French Military Mission to Japan
(1867) was established to help modernize the armies of the Bakufu
. Japan
sent a delegation to and participated in the 1867 World Fair in Paris. Secret imperial order of overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate (1867)

Tokugawa Yoshinobu (informally known as Keiki) reluctantly became head of the Tokugawa house and shogun following the unexpected death of Tokugawa Iemochi in mid-1866. In 1867, Emperor Kōmei died and was succeeded by his second son, Mutsuhito, as Emperor Meiji . Tokugawa Yoshinobu tried to reorganize the government under the Emperor while preserving the shogun's leadership role, a system known as _kōbu gattai_. Fearing the growing power of the Satsuma and Chōshū _daimyōs_, other _daimyōs_ called for returning the shogun's political power to the emperor and a council of _daimyōs_ chaired by the former Tokugawa shogun. With the threat of an imminent Satsuma-Chōshū led military action, Yoshinobu moved pre-emptively by surrendering some of his previous authority.


_ Shogunal troops in 1864, Illustrated London News
Illustrated London News
_ Bakumatsu
troops near Mount Fuji in 1867. Painting by Jules Brunet Main article: Boshin War
Boshin War

After Keiki had temporarily avoided the growing conflict, anti-shogunal forces instigated widespread turmoil in the streets of Edo
using groups of _rōnin_. Satsuma and Chōshū forces then moved on Kyoto
in force, pressuring the Imperial Court for a conclusive edict demolishing the shogunate. Following a conference of _daimyōs_, the Imperial Court issued such an edict, removing the power of the shogunate in the dying days of 1867. The Satsuma, Chōshū, and other _han_ leaders and radical courtiers, however, rebelled , seized the imperial palace , and announced their own restoration on January 3, 1868. Keiki nominally accepted the plan, retiring from the Imperial Court to Osaka
at the same time as resigning as shogun. Fearing a feigned concession of the shogunal power to consolidate power, the dispute continued until culminating in a military confrontation between Tokugawa and allied domains with Satsuma, Tosa and Chōshū forces, in Fushimi and Toba. With the turning of the battle toward anti-shogunal forces, Keiki then quit Osaka
for Edo, essentially ending both the power of the Tokugawa, and the shogunate that had ruled Japan
for over 250 years.

Following the Boshin War
Boshin War
(1868–1869), the _bakufu_ was abolished, and Keiki was reduced to the ranks of the common _daimyōs_. Resistance continued in the North throughout 1868, and the _bakufu_ naval forces under Admiral Enomoto Takeaki continued to hold out for another six months in Hokkaidō , where they founded the short-lived Republic of Ezo . This defiance ended in May 1869 at the Battle of Hakodate , after one month of fighting.



* Ōmura Masujirō * Sakamoto Ryōma * Kondō Isami
Kondō Isami
* Hijikata Toshizō
Hijikata Toshizō
* Takasugi Shinsaku * Matsudaira Katamori * Saigō Takamori * Tokugawa Yoshinobu * Yoshida Shōin
Yoshida Shōin
* Katsura Kogorō * Ii Naosuke * Four Hitokiri of the Bakumatsu * Matthew C. Perry

Less known figures of the time:

* Hayashi Akira ( Lord Rector , Confucianist ) * Ido Satohiro (ja:井戸覚弘) (Governor of Yedo, former Gov. of Nagasaki) * Izawa Masayoshi (ja:井沢政義) (Gov. of Uraga, former Gov of Nagasaki) * Kawakami Gensai (Greatest of 4 hitokiri , active in assassinations during this time period) * Takano Chōei Rangaku scholar

Matsudaira Yoshinaga , Date Munenari , Yamanouchi Toyoshige and Shimazu Nariaki are collectively referred to as _ Bakumatsu
no Shikenkō_ (幕末の四賢侯).

Foreign observers:

* Ernest Satow in Japan
1862–69 * Edward and Henry Schnell * Robert Bruce Van Valkenburgh
Robert Bruce Van Valkenburgh
, American Minister-Resident


* Gaikoku bugyō * Franco-Japanese relations * Anglo-Japanese relations * German-Japanese relations
German-Japanese relations


* ^ A Dutch book entitled _The Casting Processes at the National Iron Cannon Foundry in Luik_ (_Het Gietwezen ins Rijks Iizer-Geschutgieterij, to Luik_) written in 1826 by Huguenin Ulrich (1755–1833) was used as a reference to build the furnace.


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Tokugawa bureaucracy organization chart

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_ Rōjū _

_ Jisha-bugyō _

_ Tairō _

_Rōjū-kaku _


_Kita-machi-bugyō _


_Sobayōnin _

_Gaikoku-bugyō _

_Minami-machi-bugyō _

_ Wakadoshiyori _

_ Gunkan-bugyō _

_Honjo machi-bugyō _


_ Gusoku-bugyō _

Hakodate _bugyō_

Haneda _bugyō_

_Gundai _

Hyōgo _bugyō_



_Kinza_ (gold monopoly)

_ Kane-bugyō _

Kanjō _bugyō_

_Ginza_ (silver monopoly)

_ Kura-bugyō _

_ Kinzan-bugyō _

_Dōza_ (copper monopoly)



_Shuza_ (cinnabar monopoly)


Fushimi _bugyō_

Niigata _bugyō_

Nara _bugyō_

Nikkō _bugyō_



Sakai _bugyō_

_ Rōya-bugyō _

Sado _bugyō_

_ Sakuji-bugyō _

Shimada _bugyō_

Sunpu _jōdai_

Uraga _bugyō_

Yamada _bugyō_


This bureaucracy evolved in an _ad hoc_ manner, responding to perceived needs.

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Officials of the Tokugawa shogunate


* Ieyasu (1603–1605) * Hidetada (1605–1623) * Iemitsu (1623–1651) * Ietsuna (1651–1680) * Tsunayoshi (1680–1709) * Ienobu (1709–1712) * Ietsugu (1713–1716) * Yoshimune (1716–1745) * Ieshige (1745–1760) * Ieharu (1760–1786) * Ienari (1787–1837) * Ieyoshi (1837–1853) * Iesada (1853–1858) * Iemochi (1858–1866) * Yoshinobu (1867–1868)

_TAIRō _

* Sakai Tadayo (1636) * Doi Toshikatsu (1638–1644) * Sakai Tadakatsu (1638–1656) * Sakai Tadakiyo (1666–1680) * Ii Naozumi (1668–1676) * Hotta Masatoshi (1681–1684) * Ii Naooki (1696–1700, 1711–1714) * Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu (1706–1709) * Ii Naoyuki (1784–1787) * Ii Naoaki (1835–1841) * Ii Naosuke (1858–1860) * Sakai Tadashige (1865)

_RōJū _

* Ōkubo Tadachika (1593–1614) * Ōkubo Nagayasu (1600–1613) * Honda Masanobu (1600–1615) * Naruse Masanari (1600–1616) * Andō Naotsugu (1600–1616) * Honda Masazumi (1600–1622) * Naitō Kiyonari (1601–1606) * Aoyama Tadanari (1601–1606) * Aoyama Narishige (1608–1613) * Sakai Tadatoshi (1609–1627) * Sakai Tadayo (1610–1634) * Doi Toshikatsu (1610–1638) * Andō Shigenobu (1611–1621) * Naitō Kiyotsugu (1616–1617) * Aoyama Tadatoshi (1616–1623) * Inoue Masanari (1617–1628) * Nagai Naomasa (1622–1633) * Abe Masatsugu (1623–1626) * Inaba Masakatsu (1623–1634) * Naitō Tadashige (1623–1633) * Sakai Tadakatsu (1624–1638) * Morikawa Shigetoshi (1628–1632) * Aoyama Yukinari (1628–1633) * Matsudaira Nobutsuna (1632–1662) * Abe Tadaaki (1633–1666) * Hotta Masamori (1635–1651) * Abe Shigetsugu (1638–1651) * Matsudaira Norinaga (1642–1654) * Sakai Tadakiyo (1653–1666) * Inaba Masanori (1657–1681) * Kuze Hiroyuki (1663–1679) * Itakura Shigenori
Itakura Shigenori
(1665–1668, 1670–1673) * Tsuchiya Kazunao (1665–1679) * Abe Masayoshi (1673–1676) * Ōkubo Tadatomo (1677–1698) * Hotta Masatoshi (1679–1681) * Doi Toshifusa (1679–1681) * Itakura Shigetane (1680–1681) * Toda Tadamasa (1681–1699) * Abe Masatake (1681–1704) * Matsudaira Nobuyuki (1685–1686) * Tsuchiya Masanao (1687–1718) * Ogasawara Nagashige (1697–1705, 1709–1710) * Akimoto Takatomo (1699–1707) * Inaba Masamichi (1701–1707) * Honda Masanaga (1704–1711) * Ōkubo Tadamasu (1705–1713) * Inoue Masamine (1705–1722) * Abe Masataka (1711–1717) * Kuze Shigeyuki (1713–1720) * Matsudaira Nobutsune (1714–1716) * Toda Tadazane (1714–1729) * Mizuno Tadayuki (1717–1730) * Andō Nobutomo (1722–1732) * Matsudaira Norisato (1723–1745) * Matsudaira Tadachika (1724–1728) * Ōkubo Tsuneharu (1728) * Sakai Tadaoto (1728–1735) * Matsudaira Nobutoki (1730–1744) * Matsudaira Terusada (1730–1745) * Kuroda Naokuni (1732–1735) * Honda Tadanaga (1734–1746) * Toki Yoritoshi
Toki Yoritoshi
(1742–1744) * Sakai Tadazumi (1744–1749) * Matsudaira Norikata (1745–1746) * Hotta Masasuke (1745–1761) * Nishio Tadanao (1746–1760) * Honda Masayoshi (1746–1758) * Matsudaira Takechika (1746–1779) * Sakai Tadayori (1749–1764) * Matsudaira Terutaka (1758–1781) * Inoue Masatsune (1760–1763) * Akimoto Sumitomo (1747–1764, 1765–1767) * Abe Masahiro (1837-1857) * Doi Toshitsura (1838–1844) * Inoue Masaharu (1840–1843) * Andō Nobumasa (1860–1862) * Itakura Katsukiyo (1862–1864, 1865–1868) * Inoue Masanao (1862–1864) * Mizuno Tadakiyo (1862–1866) * Sakai Tadashige (1863–1864) * Arima Michizumi (1863–1864) * Makino Tadayuki (1863–1865) * Matsumae Takahiro (1864–1865) * Abe Masato (1864–1865) * Suwa Tadamasa (1864–1865) * Inaba Masakuni (1864–1865, 1866–1868) * Matsudaira Munehide (1864–1866) * Inoue Masanao (1865–1867) * Matsudaira Yasuhide (1865–1868) * Mizuno Tadanobu (1866) * Matsudaira Norikata (1866–1868) * Inaba Masami (1866–1868) * Matsudaira Sadaaki (1867) * Ōkōchi Masatada (1867–1868) * Sakai Tadatō (1867–1868) * Tachibana Taneyuki (1868)


* Nagai Naoyuki (1867–1868)


* Okudaira Nobumasa (1600–1601) * Itakura Katsushige (1601–1619) * Makino Chikashige (1654–1668) * Itakura Shigenori
Itakura Shigenori
(1668–1670) * Nagai Naotsune (1670–1678) * Toda Tadamasa (1678–1681) * Inaba Masamichi (1681–1685) * Tsuchiya Masanao (1685–1687) * Naitō Shigeyori (1687–1690) * Matsudaira Nobuoki (1690–1691) * Ogasawara Nagashige (1691–1697) * Matsudaira Nobutsune (1697–1714) * Mizuno Tadayuki (1714–1717) * Matsudaira Tadachika (1717–1724) * Makino Hideshige (1724–1734) * Toki Yoritoshi
Toki Yoritoshi
{1734–1742) * Makino Sadamichi (1742–1749) * Matsudaira Sukekuni (1749–1752) * Sakai Tadamochi (1752–1756) * Matsudaira Terutaka (1756–1758) * Inoue Masatsune (1758–1760) * Abe Masasuke (1760–1764) * Abe Masachika (1764–1768) * Doi Toshisato (1769–1777) * Kuze Hiroakira (1777–1781) * Makino Sadanaga (1781–1784) * Toda Tadatō (1784–1789) * Ōta Sukeyoshi (1789–1782) * Hotta Masanari (1792–1798) * Makino Tadakiyo (1798–1801) * Doi Toshiatsu (1801–1802) * Aoyama Tadayasu (1802–1804) * Inaba Masanobu (1804–1806) * Abe Masayoshi (1806–1808) * Sakai Tadayuki (1808–1815) * Ōkubo Tadazane (1815–1818) * Matsudaira Norihiro (1818–1823) * Naitō Nobuatsu (1823–1825) * Matsudaira Yasutō (1825–1826) * Mizuno Tadakuni (1826–1828) * Matsudaira Muneakira (1828–1832) * Ōta Sukemoto (1832–1834) * Matsudaira Nobuyori (1834–1837) * Doi Toshitsura (1837–1838) * Manabe Akikatsu
Manabe Akikatsu
(1838–1840) * Makino Tadamasa (1840–1843) * Sakai Tadaaki (1843–1850) * Naitō Nobuchika (1850–1851) * Wakisaka Yasuori (1851–1857) * Honda Tadamoto
Honda Tadamoto
(1857–1858) * Sakai Tadaaki (1858–1862) * Matsudaira Munehide (1862) * Makino Tadayuki (1862–1863) * Inaba Masakuni (1863–1864) * Matsudaira Sadaaki (1864–1867)

_BUGYō _

* _ Bugu-bugyō _ (post-1863) * Edo
_machi-bugyō_ * Fushimi _bugyō_ * _Gaikoku-bugyō _ (post-1858) * _ Gunkan-bugyō _ (post-1859) * _ Gusoku-bugyō _ * _ Hakodate bugyō _ * Haneda _bugyō_ (post-1853) * Hyōgo _bugyō_ (post-1864) * _ Jisha-bugyō _ * Kanagawa
_bugyō_ (post-1859) * _ Kanjō-bugyō _ (post-1787) * _ Kinzan-bugyō _ * Kyoto
_machi-bugyō_ * Nara _bugyō_ * _ Machi-bugyō _ * Nagasaki
_bugyō_ * Niigata _bugyō_ * Nikkō _bugyō_ * Osaka
_jōdai_ * Osaka
_machi-bugyō_ * _ Rōya-bugyō _ * Sado _bugyō_ * Sakai _bugyō_ * _ Sakuji-bugyō _ (post-1632) * Shimoda _bugyō_ * Sunpu _jōdai_ * Uraga _bugyō_ * Yamada _bugyō_






* Yagyū Munenori (1632–1636) * Mizuno Morinobu (1632–1636) * Akiyama Masashige 1632–1640) * Inoue Masashige (1632–1658) * Kagazume Tadazumi (1640–1650) * Nakane Masamori (1650) * Hōjō Ujinaga (1655–1670) * Ōoka Tadatane (1670) * Nakayama Naomori (1684) * Sengoku Hisanao (1695–1719) * Shōda Yasutoshi (1699–1701) * Sakakibara Tadayuki (1836–1837) * Atobe Yoshisuke (1839–1841, 1855–1856) * Tōyama Kagemoto (1844) * Ido Hiromichi 1853–1855) * Tsutsui Masanori (1854–1857) * Ōkubo Tadahiro (1862) * Matsudaira Yasuhide (1864) * Nagai Naoyuki (1864–1865, 1865–1867) * Yamaoka Takayuki (1868) * Oda Nobushige (1868)




* Matsudaira Katamori (1862–1864) * Matsudaira Yoshinaga (1864) * Matsudaira Katamori (1864–1867)

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