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July 25-Sept. 3

On the lunar New Year of 1868, the Saccho Alliance (Satsuma-Choshu Alliance) of imperial forces defeated Tokugawa shogunate troops in what is known today as The Battle of Toba Fushimi. Recognized as beginning of the Meiji Era (1868-1912), the battle triggered the Boshin civil war and brought forth a new modern age, even if at the expense of what is now southern Kyoto.

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