Takasugi Shinsaku

Takasugi Shinsaku

Takasugi Shinsaku

“In popular stereotypes about Restoration figures, Yoshida Shoin is sometimes regarded as a naive romantic, while Takasugi tends to be seen as a thoughtful strategist.
In reality, Yoshida was the thoughtful one, and Takasugi was the man of action who was able to indulge in bold strokes without thinking about it too much.”
–Thomas Huber.

The majority of this information is taken from the following work:
Thomas M. Huber. The Revolutionary Origins of Modern Japan — Stanford University Press, 1981

His family and early life
His views on Yoshida Shoin
Wanderer and Monk
Trip to Shanghai
Military years
Poetry
Poetry from Prison

Pictures
Kido Takayoshi’s notes on Takasugi
Origin of name “Tougyou”
Fictional portrayals