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so lets talk reincarnation for a sec shall we? Its common for people from previous incarnations to meet eachother and to have shared rememberances of sorts. None of which I previously believed till I met The Historian... (its all your fault) The Historian sent me a pic of the the above person and he looks JUST like josh !!! (giving some more credence to the idea that one incarnation has a tendancy to look simalar if not the same as the previous) so yeah this guy is here because I have met his current incarnation. There is a nifty pic of him on the site, so if you wanna know what my little Irish freind looks like.... just take a peek.
To the best of my knowledge, the youngest Shinsengumi was Tamura Tamura Ginnosuke, originally from the Iwakidaira domain near Aizu who joined up later on with his two brothers and fought in the Boshin War. He joined Shinsengumi in 1867 at age 12, and died on August 20, 1924.... He was in the thick of action during the Boshin War, and his testimony on the war is vital for anyone who wants an eyewitness account of some of the most ignored parts of the war. For instance, Tamura comments on the fighting men of the Sendai domain, who played an important part in the war in the north, but who are largely ignored by most Japanese and by pretty much all western scholars.
All of this testimony, some of which is quoted in some of the better Japaneselanguage history websites,
is made even more poignant by the fact that he was a child of 12-13 years at the time.
Tamura's home domain of Iwakidaira is important-- it was the domain of Ando Tsushima-no-Kami Nobumasa, who was a successor of the (in)famous Ii Naosuke, and was almost murdered like him.
[The following information is from this blog entry] Tamura's testimony...appears in "Shidankai Sokkiroku"... "Shidankai Sokkiroku" is a gigantic series of transcribed oral testimony, written in the mid to late Meiji era, from eyewitnesses to the great events of the Bakumatsu. Each volume is around 300-400 pages, and there are about 10 or more volumes, I believe.