Samurai of the Satsuma clan, fighting for the
Imperial side during the Boshin War period.
Photograph by Felice Beato.
January 1868 – May 1869
End of the Shogunate;
Restoration of imperial rule
Republic of Ezo
Ruler: Meiji Emperor,
CIC: Saigō Takamori,
Army: Katsu Kaishu,
CIC: Otori Keisuke,
Navy: Arai Ikunosuke
Casualties and losses
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The Boshin War (???? ,Boshin Sensō,
"War of the Year of the Dragon") was a
Campaign map of the Boshin War
(1868–1869). The Southern domains of Sat-
suma, Chōshū and Tosa (in red) joined forces
to defeat the Shogunate forces at Toba-
Fushimi, and then progressively took control
of the rest of Japan until the final stand-off in
the northern island of Hokkaidō.
civil war in Japan, fought from 1868 to 1869
between forces of the ruling Tokugawa sho-
gunate and those seeking to return political
power to the imperial court.
The war found its origins in dissatisfaction
among many nobles and young samurai with
the shogunate’s handling of foreigners fol-
lowing the opening of Japan the prior decade.
An alliance of southern samurai, particularly
the domains of Choshu and Satsuma, and
court officials secured control of the imperial
court and influenced the young Emperor
Meiji. Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the sitting sho-
gun, realizing the futility of his situation, ab-
dicated political power to the emperor.
Yoshinobu had hoped that by doing this, the
Tokugawa house could be preserved and to
However, military movements by imperial
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