http://shinsengumihq.com/CMS/index.php?ShinsengumiI miss my computer The following information should serve as a guide for your own research. Yes,you may take the translations and use them on your own fansite howeverplease link back to SHQ. Japan was in a state of internal political turmoil and external pressure fromforeign powers in the mid-nineteenth century. For centuries the Shogun ruledand the Emperor was a figurehead. The political system was about to change. The story of the Shinsengumi began in 1863 when most of their members joined a group known as the Roushitai which travelled to Kyoto, the capital,to lend their allegiance to the Shogunate. However, after the leader of theRoushitai revealed his true intent to have the Roushitai shun the Shogun andsupport the Emperor a group of men left.After gaining the sponsorship of the Aizu domain, on August 18, 1863 thegroup adopted the name "Shinsengumi" (New Selection Group). The firstchief of the Shinsengumi, Serizawa Kamo was killed by his own men. Now,under the leadership of Kondou Isami, a dojo owner and teacher of swordsmanship from Tama (rural Edo or present day Tokyo) and his friendHijikata Toshizo his vice chief, the group reorganized and patrolled the city toeradicate anti-shogunate forces. The Shinsengumi's most well known activity was the raid on Ikedaya Inn on June 5, 1864 where many revolutionaries who planned to overthrow theShogun, burn the capital and abduct the Emperor were apprehended orkilled. The security force was threatened by internal factionalism in the Itou Affair of 1867 when a group of men left. They were later eliminated.