Saigō Takamori: the quintessential hero of modern Japanese history

  • Published on : 08/04/2024
  • by : Japan Experience

Saigō Takamori was one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history and a key leader of the MeijiRestoration. Despite his legendary status, his role in the restoration led to the decline of the samurai class. His life was marked by contradictions, from supporting modernization to leading a rebellion against the Meiji government.



 

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