Sakamoto Ryoma formed Kameyama company to Nagasaki in 1865. The company traded for the settlement of Satsuma Domain and the Choshu Domain. Ryoma became a captain of Kaientai in 1867.
In 1863, a lordless samurai group of the Shogunate entered Kyoto. Part remained in Kyoto, and formed a new samurai group in Mibu. They were given the name of Shinsengumi by the Imperial Court for their work in the Coup of August 18.
They were very advanced groups. We display a document of Kaientai and Shinsengumi.
September 9,2020 to January 24,2021
Special Summer Exhibition
In June 1867, the Shinsengumi’s members were elevated to the status of direct vassals of the shogun. Soon thereafter the Bakufu collapsed and the Boshin War broke out. Yet the Shinsengumi remained loyal both to the Tokugawa clan and to Aizu Domain. Drawing primarily on the records of the Shinsengumi, this exhibition looks at the Battle of Toba-Fushimi and the Boshin War.
June 2,2020 to September 6,2020
Special Spring Exhibition
At the Bakumatsu period, Kyoto became a political center. In 1862 The Tokugawa Shogunate established “Kyoto Shugoshoku”, which means a guardian system in Kyoto. And the Shogunate appointed Matsudaira Katamori, the Lord of Aizu, to the position. Shinsengumi played an active part in the Ikedaya incident in 1864, and was promoted to the staff of the shogunate in 1867. In this exhibition, we will look at the history of the Tokugawa Shogunate seen from the Shogunate side, focusing on materials about the shogunate, Kyoto Shugoshoku, Shinsengumi, and the guard force in Kyoto.
January 29, 2020 to May 17, 2020
120 Years Since the Death of Katsu Kaishu
In 2019, the 120th anniversary of the death of Katsu Kaishu is being remembered.
The exhibit features materials relating to Katsu Kaishu, who promoted the establishment of a modern Japanese Navy; Sakamoto Ryoma, who exerted himself to work for Katsu; and the people around them, as well as the Shinsen-gumi. They provide a real picture of the Last Days of Tokugawa Shogunate.
October 2, 2019 to January 26, 2020