Sakamoto Ryoma: Japan's Favorite Hero

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Oct 11, 2016

Sakamoto Ryoma: Japan's Favorite Hero

by Mark Jarnes

Oct. 15-Nov. 27 Sakamoto Ryoma, undoubtedly one of Japan's most influential and revered historical figures, played an essential role in the overthrow of the Edo Period (1603-1868) feudal shogunate, and helped pave the way toward the establishment of the Meiji government. A popular swordsman, politician and ...

Sakamoto swordsmanship scroll declared authentic

National / History Nov 9, 2015

Sakamoto swordsmanship scroll declared authentic

A swordsmanship scroll issued to legendary samurai Sakamoto Ryoma has been declared authentic by an expert at the Kyoto National Museum, confirming he was indeed a master swordsman. Despite Sakamoto's deadly reputation, his true prowess with the sword had often been debated by experts. Born in ...