This week, we’re wrapping up our look at Sakamoto Ryoma’s life and legacy to see how he was transformed from loyalist ronin to posthumous legend. Plus, some quick thoughts on his legacy and enduring popularity.
Programming note: no new episode next week!
Jansen, Marius. Sakamoto Ryoma and the Meiji Restoration
Beasley, WG. The Meiji Restoration
Beasley, WG. “The Foreign Threat and the Opening of the Ports” and Marius Jansen, “The Meiji Restoration” in The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol 5: The Nineteenth Century.