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Sego-don Episode 36 Yoshinobu no Kubi (The Escape of Yoshinobu)

TOKUGAWA Yoshinobu escapes from Kyoto to Osaka and dispatches his troops to Kyoto. They meet the army of the new government in Toba and Fushimi on the 2nd of January, 1868 and fight against their enemy that is smaller than them. ŌKUBO Ichizō tells IWAKURA Tomomi about it and he tells him to raise the Imperial standards made by O-Yū and other women. The standards made the shogunal army lose fighting spirit. Kichinosuke commands the army to chase them to Osaka but Shingo is shot by one of the enemy soldiers. He is badly wounded and carried to Shokokuji Temple, the headquarter of the Satsuma Army. O-Tora hopes Kichinosuke will return to there but Kohei says he's still in the battlefield. And TOKUGAWA Yoshinobu who learns the defeat of his army are asked by soldiers to command at the front of the battle.

西郷どん36戦場での信吾
Saigō Shingo (Ryō Nishikido) is ready to fight but is wounded

At that time, Tsu domain army betrayed the shogunal army so Kichinosuke who holds a war council is encouraged to visit his wounded brother. But he refuses it and says he should cast aside personal feelings now. And Yoshinobu is informed the betrayal of Tsu domain and some soldiers hesitate to fight against the army with the imperial standards. He is requested to hold a castle and he accepts it.
"I will fight against them! Follow me, everybody!"
However, on the 6th of January 1868, he, his close advisers and Fuki went out of the castle secretly and the news is brought to Kichinosuke. Thus the war substantially ended in the victory of the new government army.

西郷どん36戦場での吉之助
Kichinosuke (Ryōhei Suzuki) at the battlefield

The condition of Shingo's wound gets worse and Kohei and O-Tora worry about it. But Kichinosuke intends to go to Kyoto to obtain the Imperial sanction of subjecting Yoshinobu. At the same time, Yoshinobu and his party go toward Edo by Kaiyō-maru, warship of the shogunate. In the ship tossed about by heavy seas, Fuki says that Both Yoshinobu and she are punished with a laugh. She also says those in the ship will be drowned at sea and it irritates Yoshinobu. When they return to Edo, KATSU Kaishū visits them suddenly and speaks bluntly that he should take responsibility for the defeat and dishonouring the name of Tokugawa. And Fuki tells him that he did nothing but only escaped from Kichinosuke and he should apologise him. Her words irritates him again so he tells her to go out. 
"What a poor fellow you are,"
says Kaishū.

西郷どん36慶喜の前に現れた勝海舟
Katsu Kaishū (Ken-ichi Endō, centre) visits Tokugawa Yoshinobu suddenly

In Kyoto, Ichiz takes a British doctor called William Willis to Shōkokuji Temple. Though the people present are surprised with the foreigner, he says that he is a doctor in Japanese and performs surgeries of the wounded soldiers includes Shingo. when he becomes conscious, Ichizō tells him that Kichinosuke obtained the Imperical sanction of subjecting Yoshinobu. Though Shingo thinks his brother behaves like a devil, it's kichinocuke who laid the groundwork to invite Willis to Kyoto to cure the wounded soldiers. Besides he appealed it to the Emperor directly (*). When February comes, Kichinosuke goes to Edo to subject Yoshinobu and Shingo accompanies him. Though he has not recovered completely, he hopes to witness his brother's determination.

西郷どん36駿府新政府軍大総督府
Kichinosuke (right) at the headquarter of the grand government general in Sunpu

At the headquarter of the grand government general in Sunpu (**), Prince Taruhito of Arisugawa who is the general receives the letters from the chief abbot of the Kan-eiji Temple (***) and TOKUGAEWA Yoshikatsu, lors of Owari domain. They say that the advance of the new government army should be stopped. And Seikan-in-no-miya (Kazu-no-miya) writes him that Yoshinobu confines himself in Kan-eiji Temple and swears allegiance to the Emperor. However, Kichinocuke insists the army should continue advancing and if Yoshinobu really swears allegiance to the Emperor, he should transfer the shogunal weapons, bullets and ships to the new government and surrender himself to them to die if necessary. As he calls the letter of Seikan-in-no-miya just a piece of paper, he is blamed for the disrespect. But he objects that marching to Edo is the order of the Emperor and it's decided that the New government army will launch an all-out attack on Edo on the 15th of March.

西郷どん36寛永寺での慶喜
Tokugawa Yoshinobu (Shōta Matsuda) in front of his father's writing "Son Jō" in Kan-eiji Temple

Kaishū visits Yoshinobu in Kan‐eiji Temple and tells him that the New government army is marching to Kantō region. Yoshinobu says he cannot move until he is pardoned but Kaishū says that the army is looking for the chance of killing him. He encourages him to fight against them but Yoshinobu says if he does so, Japan will be invaded by foreign countries. Kaishū asks him why he says so is because of the writing of his father Tokugawa Nariaki, as the writing "Son Jō" (shortened form of Sonnō Jōi, respecting the emperor and expelling foreigner) is hung on in front of him. Then Kaishū sends YAMAOKA Tesshū, former vassal of the shogunate to Sunpu. He introduces himself confidently at the entrance of the headquarter and hands Kaishu's letter to Kichinosuke. He says Yoshinobu is really loyal to the Emperor and if Kichinocuke attacks Edo, he is forced to fight against Kaishū. But Kichinocuke never changes his idea.

西郷どん36総督府に入る山岡鉄舟
Yamaoka Tesshū (Takahiro Fujimoto, right) hands his sword to Nakamura Hanjirō (Takurō Ōno) before entering the headquarter

Then he tries to commit hara-kiri and asks him to tell the wish of Yoshinobu in exchange for his life. Kichinosuke asks him why he is loyal to him so far. He answers,
"If a samurai cannot trust his master, he will not be a samurai any more".
He realises how Tesshū feels and makes the troop stop advancing. And he and his staff goes to Edo antecedent to the army. They enter a restaurant and see that they are so feared because their attack is rumoured here and there. Then an elderly woman in front of them. she is Ikushima who visited the residence of Satsuma domain to meet him and is told where he is. Then Kichinosuke disguises himself as a guard and enters Edo Castle. He meets Atsu hime, who is called Tsnshō-in now for the first time in 12 years.

西郷どん36天璋院
Tenshō-in (Keiko Kitagawa) waits for Kichinosuke in Edo Castle

(*) Such behaviour was or still is regarded to be impolite.
(**) The capital of Suruga, eastern part of current Shizuoka and the place originally associated with the Tokugawa clan.
(***) Most of the chief abbots of the temple were from the Imperial family.

The images are from the official website of "Segodon".

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