Ryomaden Episode 14 (2010.04.04)
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<Meiji 15 (1882), Yokohama>
(Iwasaki Yatarō is now the President of the Mitsubishi Mail Steamship Company*. He hosts a lavish banquet, and is being entertained by geishas. Okamoto Kenzaburō, Gotō Shōjirō’s secretary talks to him as he eats.)
Y: Expenses for an overseas trip?
OK: If they stay in Europe for 1 year, Itagaki-sama and Gotō-sama will need quite a sizeable budget to spend (pause) Could we ask Iwasaki-san to sponsor some of it?
Y: (enjoying the performance) Splendid! Splendid! I like it! I like it! (He gets up and walks to the middle of the room, as the geishas leave.) That was splendid! Yokohama geishas are truly the best! Yes, that was very good! (He claps and the rest of the guests clap with him.) Let’s drink up!
OK: (He’s followed Yatarō out and kneels down in the middle of the room) Can you help us? Iwasaki-san!
Y: Of course not. Why don’t you ask someone else?
OK: But this is the request of Gotō Shōjirō-sama and Itagaki Taisuke-sama! When Iwasaki-san established Mitsubishi, they helped you, didn’t they?
Y: ”Inspection” by name, but half for pleasure. When it’s money thrown out like that, I won’t lend it.
OK: Money thrown out? (He storms out)
Y: (ignores him, to the guests) Come, come! Have a drink! Eat up!
(The reporter Sakazaki Shiran from Doyō shinbun in Episode 1 sits in the corner.)
Y: (to Sakazaki) Hey! Hey! We can talk now.
SS: Yes sir! (goes to sit next to Yatarō)
Y: No matter who you deal with, once money is involved, state yourself clearly. Always keep your mind on what you can profit. Or you’ll lose against the competition.
SS: This is such a complex world! After I finish my book on Sakamoto Ryōma, can I interview you on your business management philoso…
Y: Sakazaki-kun, if you intend to write Ryōma as a hero in your book, I will not help you.
SS: No! Please just tell me about the real Sakamoto Ryōma that you know!
Y: Hmm. Where were we upto?
SS: The part after Ryōma’s dappan and Yoshida Tōyō’s assassination
Y: That was exactly 20 years ago. It was the worst possible thing that could happen.
SS: You mean Ryōma’s dappan?
Y: Yoshida-sama’s assassination, of course! He was the only person who acknowledged my abilities.
SS: What happened to Tosa after Yoshida Tōyō’s death?
Y: Everything changed. The Tōyō faction lost its standing, the anti Tōyō faction took over the actual power of the clan.
SS: Anti Tōyō faction?
Y: …….Takechi Hanpeita….
Episode 14 : Otazunemono Ryōma (お尋ね者龍馬 Ryōma, a Wanted Man)
<Bunkyu 2 (1862), Kōchi castle>
(Takechi Hanpeita and Shibata Bingo are talking to the young new Tosa Daimyo Yamauchi Toyonori.)
YT: Uh…I have to go to the capital?
SB: Yes. We hope your Lordship can bring 2 thousand vassals with you, please.
YT: The Imperial Court would never allow armed soldiers to enter the capital.
TH: If I may my Lord, at the moment, with the help of Sanjō Sanetomi-sama, we have requested the Imperial Court to appoint our clan as bodyguards of the Emperor. In other words, we shall be the Imperial Palace guards.
YT: (sweating profusely) What?
SB: If we do get appointed, we can openly go into the capital (Yamauchi Toyonori starts drinking nervously)
TH: Once inside, my Lordship can ask his Majesty to pressure the Bakufu to implement Joui.
Y: (narration) 3 months after Ryōma’s dappan, one could say that Tosa was completely under the influence of Takechi Hanpeita. (Gotō Shōjirō is devastated on learning of his uncle’s death.) With the assassination of pro-Kaikoku* Yoshida Tōyō, the tables were completely turned within Tosa. This Joui tempest blew over the entire land of Japan.
<Fushimi, Teradaya (Terada Inn)>
Y: (narration) In the Teradaya, a boat lodging inn in Fushimi, the radical and conservative factions within the Satsuma Joui party, turned against each other.
(Kusaka Genzui, Katsura Kogorō and other Chōshū retainers are in a heated discussion.)
KG: (to the retainers) The ones protecting the Emperor and Japan, should be us Chōshū retainers. (Then he consults with Katsura Kogorō, who appears quietly apprehensive.)
Y: (narration) The Chōshū clan were gradually escalating their plans for Joui. They too headed for Kyo(to) en masse.
KG: (to the retainers) Are we all clear on what to do?
(Back to Yatarō in 1882…..)
SS: I see…Then what about Ryōma after his dapp….
Y: On the other hand, the Bakufu were losing their past authority.
SS: Ah, the Bakufu…
Y: At this moment, that man appeared.
(The Rōjū i.e. the Council of Elders meet again with the Daimyo and key Bakufu officials to discuss the Imperial Court’s summons for the Shogun into the Capital.)
<Edo-jo / Edo Castle>
Elder1: By order of the Imperial Court, “Shogun Iemochi-sama is hereby summoned, to partake on discussion in the matter of Joui. At the same time, Hitotsubashi Yoshinobu-kō is appointed as Shogun Koken Shoku (Shogun’s guardian) and Matsudaira Shungaku-kō is appointed Seiji Sōsai Shoku (Chief of Political Affairs), to implement Joui together.”
Elder2: Why must the Bakufu be reformed?!
Elder3: Joui can never be implemented in practice!
Elder1: Yet, if this is the true intention of the Imperial Court, we cannot blatantly ignore it!
KR: If I may speak frankly
Elder: What is it?
KR: We’re lucky that America is caught in its own Civil War at the moment and have no time to meddle with us in Japan. So this is the best time for Japan to build up our own navy!
Misc: What nonsense is he talking about?
KR: (stands up) To build warships that can stand up to Perry’s fleet, and let them sail across the oceans. Any further delay and we shall follow in the footsteps of China and India when Great Britain took over them.
Elder: Who are you?
KR: Head of the Gunkan Sōrenjo (Naval Training Acedemy)*, I’m Katsu Rintarō, my Lord.
(Back to the year 1882)
SS: So that was Katsu Kaishū?
Y: Well, there were still some with noble aspirations left in the Bakufu
SS: That aside, Iwasaki-san, after his dappan, Ryōma….
Y: That time for me…
SS: For you….
(At Gotō Shōjirō’s house, Yatarō and Inoue Saichirō, another Gōmawari, have been summoned. Gotō Shōjirō is unshaven and seems to have fallen into ruin. His room is in a mess, the sliding doors torn.)
GS: It seems our Lordship has been summoned into the capital. But they haven’t said anything to me at all. And I was still Chief Attendant not so long ago. All because Yoshida Tōyō-sama….because of Uncle’s death! Our Great Lordship in Edo was infuriated!
(In Edo, Yamauchi Yōdō beats up the attendant who gave him the news of Yoshida Tōyō’s death.)
GS: Because Uncle was our Great Lordship’s most trusted vassal.
YY: Why! Why! Why!! Who killed him?!! (Yamauchi Yōdō spills his flask of sake. Like an alcoholic, he tries to drink it up from the mat.) Tōyō….
GS: It’s Sakamoto Ryōma, I’m afraid. (Yatarō looks up in fear) Killing an Ooishi Shin Kage Ryū (sword style) expert like Uncle, only Sakamoto can do it. Besides, he’s disappeared with Sawamura Sōnojō now. Arrest Sakamoto Ryōma at once!
(Later at Yatarō’s home, he tells his family of Gotō Shōjirō’s orders.)
IM: And… you accepted them?
Y: What else can I do?!
IK: Don’t do it, please!
Yanosuke: That’s right, brother.
IM: It’s not too late! Go back and say no.
Y: But this is a direct order from Gotō-sama!
IK: Omaesan, Gotō-sama’s a finished man anyway. Tosa belongs to the anti-Tōyō faction now. It’s time for you to change sides!
IM: For such a pretty face, you’re surprisingly level-headed!
IK: (holds Yatarō’s hands) I beg you, don’t do it!
Y: Even though you say that, but if this is what the Great Lordship in Edo wishes…..
IK: Omaesan, do you honestly believe that Ryōma-san did it?
Yanosuke: Exactly, brother!
Y: What does it matter wh….
IY: No! It could have been him after all. Ryōma has fled the clan. He may look good on the outside but there’s a fearsome demon somewhere inside him!
IM: (to Yajirō) What nonsense is that!
IK: (to Yajirō) Ryōma-san has done a lot for us!
Y: Don’t give us your irresponsible talk whenever you can!
Yanosuke: That’s right, Father!
IM: Go back to bed!
(Yajirō gives a mutter of disgust at his family and goes to sleep.
On the country roads, we see the back of a traveller walking along briskly.)
(The marketplace is bustling with people and activity. Vendors call out. Mizobushi Hironojō has met Sawamura Sōnojō and treats him to food and drink.)
SS: Delicious! This is the real Katsuo tataki*! (sliced bonito)
MH: There aren’t many places in Osaka where you can get Katsuo. Many Tosa locals are drawn to this shop just by the smell! (Points to Sōnojō) Eh…..
SS: My name is Sawamura Sōnojō
MH: Ah, just like Sawamura-dono!
SS: Though we’re fellow kinsmen, it’s so kind of you to treat me the first time we meet….ah…..
MH: It’s Mizobuchi Hironojō.
SS: Mizobuchi-dono is such kind man!
MH: Come, have a drink!
SS: Mizobuchi-dono is working in Osaka?
MH: Mm, at the Tosa clan’s military camp in Sumiyoshi.
SS: …..Military camp?
MH: Yes, I’ll take you there afterwards. You can have a good bath, wash away the weariness of your travels.
SS: I’d….. rather not.
MH: Don’t worry, it’s alright. We’re friends now.
SS: Well……I came out of Tosa by “dappan” (脱藩)
MH: ……Dappun? (bowel movement 脱糞)
MH: ……Dappun? (bowel movement)?
SS: ”Dappan”. I fled Tosa without permission.
MH: (Exclaims, jumps away from Sōnojō)
SS: Keep your voice down!!
MH: (tries to take the food and drink away, but Sōnojō holds on tightly) Give them back! Don’t eat! Don’t eat! (whisper) If people knew I was eating with a deserter, I’d be punished too!
SS: I won’t tell anyone!
MH: Are you a samurai or not?!
SS: I’m fleeing for the sake of Joui. (He walks away with food and drink in his hands.)
MH: Don’t eat! Spit it out! Give them back! (Tries to grab Sōnojō, who bites him in the hand) Ow! Ow!….
SS: Oh! Tastes good!
MH: I can’t believe it! An idiot like you coming from Tosa!
SS: (grins) It wasn’t just me. There’s Sakamoto too!
SS: A fellow called Sakamoto Ryōma.
MH: (shocked) Ryōma! Ryōma!
SS: Oh? You know him?
MH: How could Ryōma do such a thing?!!
SS: I’m totally disappointed in him. All Sonnō Jōi patriots want to make their way to Kyo(to). But the moment we left Iyo, that fellow said he’d go to Satsuma.
SS: Suddenly getting cold feet…..What a loser!
MH: Well, what about Ryōma now…….
SS: He’s probably dead in some field somewhere…..
(In the wilderness, we see a traveller rushing along the mountain paths.)
<Osaka / Tosa Clan Sumiyoshi Encampment>
Y: (narration) The Tosa Daimyo Yamauchi Toyonori-kō and his regiment arrived on July 12.
MH: Water is here! Who would like some water?
Y: (narration) Toyonori-kō had been appointed to take over the Imperial Palace guards and passed through Osaka on the way to Kyo(to).
MH: (taking orders from the soldiers) Rice! Rice! Rice and water! I’ll get you rice and water!
Y: (narration) Up until now, everything had gone according to Takechi Hanpeita’s plans. However….
(Daimyo Yamauchi Toyonori lies in bed, sick with red spots all over. A doctor examines him while Takechi, Shibata Bingo and the other vassals look on with worry.)
Doctor: Yes, it’s the measles.
SB: Measles? (Takechi looks lost and in despair.)
(At the Kashi’s room, Takechi breaks the news to Hirai Shujiro and his other followers.)
HS: Kyo is right in front of us, yet we’re stuck here.
TH: His Lordship cannot be moved, there’s nothing we can do.
Misc: Well when is his Lordship going to recover?!!
Misc: Even the doctor doesn’t know!
Misc: Oh!!! What a waste of time!!
TH: For every day we have to stay here, it’s one more day before Joui can be carried out.
(They cry out in frustration. At this moment, Okada Izo opens the door and peeks inside. Unlike the other Kashi, he alone is not wearing an armour.)
HS: Can you not call out before opening the door?!!
OI: I’m sorry.
TH: What is it, Izo?
OI: When would you like to have your bath?
Misc: Stop asking us every little thing!!
HS: We’re discussing important matters here!!
TH: (gives a puff of impatience)
(The door slams in Izo’s face. He stands there frozen.)
Misc: (voice from inside) Dammit!!
(Izo hears groans of frustration inside. He walks slowly away, then turns back to look sadly at the door.)
OI: Why am I the only one…..(he starts to cry) Why….
(At the marketplace in Osaka, Yatarō and Inoue Saichirō sit at a teahouse. They are frustrated as well, but each for different reasons .)
IS: We’ve looked for such a long time, why can’t we find him?
Y: Ryōma’s not in Osaka, that’s why.
IS: Takechi must be hiding him, that’s the only way.
Y: The more impossible to find him then. Let’s give it up and go back to Tosa.
IS: There’s still money left from Gotō-sama. We can’t go back yet!
Y: (whisper) If he knows we’re here to look for Yoshida-sama’s murderer, Takechi will come and catch us too!
IS: We just need to arrest the one we’ve been told to arrest. We have behind us, the Great Lordship, Yamauchi Yōdō-kō to support us. Even if it’s Takechi Hanpeita’s world now, the tables will be turned back before long. (He walks out and calls to the shop owner) Oi, where’s the toilet?
Shop: On that side, sir!
(Yatarō sighs and lowers his head in defeat. )
Y: (to himself) Am I really going to succeed in life like this…..?
Voice: Oh! This Katsuo smells great!
(Yatarō recognizes the voice. He looks at the newcomer, but can only see his back.)
Voice: Ha! Ha! I’m surprised there’s a Katsuo tataki* shop in Osaka as well!
(Yatarō gets up to have a closer look.)
Shop: This customer, Sir is from Tosa?
Voice: That’s right!
Shop: Would you like to order a meal, sir?
Voice: But of course! (laugh) And sake too, please!
Shop: Yes sir! Thank you!
(The newcomer walks over to a seat, puts his katana down and stretches his arms wide open in a yawn. Finally, he turns around and sits down. It is Ryōma, his face dark with dirt, his hair long and untied, and his clothes disheveled and filthy. He sits with one leg carelessly on the other. He looks and carries himself like a totally different man, free from the confines of social convention.)
(Ryōma scratches himself and chuckles as he watches the people in the street. Yatoro walks out to him.)
(Ryōma squints at Yatarō and then bellows out an unrestrained laugh. He walks over and grabs Yatarō by the shoulders, estatic.)
R: (laughing) Yatarō!!! And how are you?!! Oh!! Why are you here in Osaka?!!
(Yatarō, on the contrary, is the one speaking in a restrained voice.)
Y: You’re one to talk, what’re you doing? (he pushes Ryōma down and grabs him by the collar and whispers) Why did you go dappan?
R: (slaps his hands together in apology) Ah, sorry! For not giving you a heads-up. (Holds his shoulders again) Well, I didn’t know how to tell you!!
Y: Where’ve you been?!
R: Oh! Satsuma!
R: Yup! Because someone told me Satsuma had been trading secretly with the West for a long time. Apparently they’ve built cast iron reverberatory furnaces* which have allowed construction of a ship that could sail on the ocean. No matter what, I really wanted to see that big ship! (Lowers his voice) However, the Satsuma clan was adamant about keeping outsiders away. They even have people guarding the mountains! I tried many times, but still couldn’t smuggle into Satsuma. (Chuckles) However, to be able to travel all over strange lands is a wonderful experience in itself! (laugh)
Y: (unamused flat voice) And that’s the reason for your dappan, huh?
R: Nope (turns to face Yatarō) There is the great aspiration of Joui, in our hearts. Although (folds his arms) the Joui that I’m thinking of, compared to the other people’s Joui …….. Mmmm…..somehow, I guess it’s somehow different. But if you ask me where the differences are…… I can’t say either. (chuckles)
(Yatarō stares at Ryōma.)
Shop: Sorry to have kept you waiting, sir. (Serves the meal.)
R: Oh, it’s here!
Y: (flat voice) And that’s your reason? Huh? (louder) That’s the reason for your dappan? Ryōma.
R: (takes a bite) Oh!! Delicious!! This is great, Yatarō!
Y: (getting mad) And there’s no other reason for your dappan?!!
R: This Katsuo tataki is worth every cent!
Y: (jumps up and shouts) ANSWER ME RYŌMA!
(Ryōma continues to chew. He swallows his bite calmly, and in a dead serious voice, looking straight at Yatarō….)
R: I was not the one who killed Yoshida-sama, Yatarō. You’re a Gōmawari, aren’t you! That job doesn’t fit you at all. Go back to Tosa.
IS: Did you say Ryōma? (Inoue Saichirō has returned from the toilet.) So that fellow there is Sakamoto Ryōma, Yatarō?
Y: No, no…..
R: (loudly) You’ll never be able to catch me, Yatarō!
IS: (unsheathes his sword and shouts. People around scream.)
R: (to Inoue) Ah, hey, hey, that young man over there! I wouldn’t do anything to you (grins) Go back to Tosa quick.
Y: (to Inoue) Stop it!
IS: (in a loud voice) I am a Gōmawari from Tosa!! (Ryōma continues to eat as if nothing is happening) This man is wanted for the murder of an official in the domain! Whoever helps me catch him, I will pay each of them 1 ryo!!
(Ryōma laughs at Inoue, as if he is watching a show.)
Misc: 1 ryo….1 ryo?!!
Misc: Fine, I’ll lend a hand.
Misc: (unsheathes his sword) I’ll help too!
(Yatarō runs out of the way and hides behind the counter of the shop.)
Shop: Please my lords! Please stop!
(Ryōma stands up, with an amused expression as he faces four swordsmen.)
R: That’s right! If we fight here, we’ll cause a lot of trouble to other people, won’t we?! (He teases them with his movements.)
Shop: Yes! Yes!
IS: He’s trying to run away?
Misc: Not on your life!
(Ryōma stops smiling. He sobers up, tries to pick the food out from his teeth and shrugs his shoulders.)
R: What a headache.
(He looks down and sees he only has his wakizashi, i.e. the short blade that is worn together with the katana. He had placed his katana on the bench. Inoue runs over and kicks it away. Ryōma looks at it with a frown.)
IS: Are you an idiot or what!
R: (stands straight) That’s a very precious sword given to me by my brother. (He looks over threateningly) Whoever kicked it with their foot…I won’t let them off!!
IS: Shut him up!
(3 local swordsmen attack Ryōma at the same time. With one hand he restrains the sword-hand of one man. With the other, he uses the short blade to counter the two, pushing them off and then strikes at all 3 in one go. Their hakama / pants fall off and the spectators laugh as the 3 men try to cover themselves up.)
R: So, you want more?
Misc: I give up! (They run off.)
IS: (holds on to one of them) Wait! 3 ryo! I give you 3 ryo!
(Ryōma slowly walks towards them.)
Misc: Let me go! (He runs away in fear.)
(Ryōma suddenly jumps in front of Inoue, crying out like a madman.)
IS: Dammit! I’ll never give up! (Turns around) Out of my way! (He runs away too.)
(Ryōma had his tongue out. Now he sheathes his short blade and grins at the various shop owners as he retrieves his katana.)
R: Sorry for that! We disturbed you all (He checks his katana, then turns back to Yatarō) Hey Yatarō! (He’s very serious) Japan is about to face a new era that no-one has ever seen before. The conflict between the Joui and Kaikoku factions will get more and more intense. If it gets to that, perhaps we may have to pass through an era of bloodshed. And you, make sure you don’t get involved in this.
Y: I don’t want to get involved in these things either! (Walks up to Ryōma) Isn’t this all because of your dappan? If you hadn’t run away, you could have stopped Takechi, Yoshida-sama wouldn’t have been killed. He was the only person who acknowledged my abilities!
R: …..You’re right, Yatarō. I do owe you an apology (brings his face close) But then Yatarō, you better think about your parents and siblings too. (With a dangerous look) Go back to Tosa now.
(Ryōma pushes Yatarō off and saunters off.)
Y: Ryōma! (Ryōma ignores him and continues walking.)
Y: (narration) I stood there helplessly watching him go. Ryōma seemed to belong to another world now. He’s changed into a terrifying man. My feet took me straight to the boat and I fled from Osaka as fast as I could.
(Outside the Iwasaki home, Yatarō’s mother, Miwa is feeding the chickens when Yatarō suddenly appears.)
Y: Kisei….Kisei….(he hugs Kisei and starts crying like a child)
IY: He came back like this? (Kisei looks at the rest of the family, stunned.)
<Osaka / Tosa Clan Sumiyoshi Encampment>
(Night-time. Mizubuchi Hironojō stands guard outside the camp with another Tosa retainer.)
Man: Must we stand here until the morning?
MH: What do you think? His Lordship is here!
Man: (shivers) I need to go for a wee.
MH: Ah? Wait…
Man: (hands Mizobuchi his spear and runs off) It’s coming out!
MH: Hey…you….do you know what your duties mean? (he sighs)
R: (sneaks up behind Mizobuchi) Long time no see Mizobuchi-san!!
MH: Ryo…Ryōma!! (Ryōma laughs) Why are you here?! Idiot! You idiot! (He pulls Ryōma into a corner.) They’ll arrest you!
R: When that comes, I’ll just run away! Mizobuchi-san, can you do something for me?
(Takechi Hanpeita walks along the corridors of the Tosa camp. He opens the door into a big store-room. Ryōma sits quietly in a dark corner, grinning at him.)
R: (he laughs as he comes out in the light) It’s been a long time! I heard Takechi-san is in Osaka too. So I wanted to see you.
TH: You’ve got a lot of guts! (Ryōma laughs) A dappan deserter running back into a military camp by himself (Takechi walks down the steps towards Ryōma)
R: (laugh) Ah, please don’t blame Mizobuchi-san. I made him do it.
TH: (laughs) Are you doing well?
TH: What happened to your hair?
R: Ah, I was running about. In the end, I couldn’t be bothered with it!
TH: Your clothes are shabby too!
R: (apologetically) Ah….yeah
TH: (smiles as Ryōma chuckles, then turns serious again ) Do you regret what you’ve done, Ryōma?
TH: You said you had a different way of thought and ran out. But now, the Tosa Kinnotō has the power to influence his Lordship’s decisions. It turns out, I was right.
R: True. The situation is now as Takechi san has said. (He sits down with his back to Takechi) “As long as Yoshida-sama is gone, everything will be fine.” (pause) Who did you ask to do it?
TH: There were plenty of people who hated Yoshida Tōyō. His death was an act of fate.
R: (disappointment fills his face) Tosa has sent people in pursuit. Takechi-san is being suspected. (He looks at Takechi) Please stop! Killing people to make things go the way you want, that’s wrong!
TH: You came all the way here, just to preach to me? Go home, Ryōma. I’ve forgiven you already.
R: (looks Takechin the eye) I am…..a man who has given up Tosa. (They stare at each other.)
TH: (looks away) What a pity then.
R: (still staring at Takechi) Indeed!
(The two look at each other briefly, aware they can no longer be friends. Takechi turns to leave, but stops at the door.)
TH: Oh yes, about your siblings. With a deserter in the family, it’s not a surprise if they had their house confiscated. But Gonpei-san is really amazing. He made use of the accounts ledger at the Saidani House to keep the Joshi quiet.
TH: Where it didn’t work at the top, I was the one who silenced them. You better go before anyone sees you. (He leaves.)
(Elsewhere in the encampment, Okada Izo sits brooding in the moonlight. He has been drinking.)
OI: Yes, I don’t have the brains. I can’t understand complicated stuff at all. But, since I was a child, no-one, no-one has been a greater supporter of Takechi-sensei than I…(he starts to cry)
TH: I could hear you from outside, Izo (Takechi walks in) How can a samurai…..
TH: ……turn into a mess with just a bit of sake (He picks up an overturned bottle) Though I can’t drink either, so I’m in no position to talk. You’re angry with me, aren’t you? The Tosa Kinnotō has come into power in the domain, but you haven’t been given any official posts.
OI: Oh about that….
TH: For me, I just want a companion whom I can talk to comfortably, away from my duties. Someone willing to listen to my troubles. That’s why you weren’t assigned to any position. I hope you can remain the same as you were before.
TH: I’m sorry to have put you in pain, Izo.
OI: I never expected you’d be thinking of me like that….(he cries)
TH: What are you crying for, Izo? You haven’t done anything wrong.
OI: (through his tears) Thank you, Sensei!
TH: Whenever you cry, it makes me feel bad.
OI: Yes sir (He tries to stop immediately.)
(Takechi looks out into the yard quietly.)
OI: Is something bothering you? (Takechi glances briefly at him) Please tell me. Maybe it can help Sensei feel better.
TH: Tosa has sent people over. To investigate who could have killed Yoshida Tōyō amongst the people around us. If it gets out that we killed Tōyō, while we’re here, we won’t be allowed into the Capital.
OI: But Nasu-san, they’re not here, so it’s now….
TH: Things like these….you never know until it’s been leaked out. (He walks out to the yard.)
OI: (tears in his eyes) So as long as those pursuers disappear…..Sensei, please allow me to go on a mission! (He kneels in front of Takechi) I want to do something for Sensei! I want to be of help to Sensei too!
TH: What are you saying?!
OI: I won’t tell anyone! It’s fine even to say that I went without permission! Please, sensei! Please!
TH: Izo….Izo! (He holds Izo by the shoulders) You’re my only friend!
OI: (tears streaming down his face) Sensei! Sensei! (He buries his face on Takechi’s shoulder.)
(Later that night, Izo lies in wait for Inoue Saichirō.)
OI: (to himself) Calm down! Calm, Izo. Just killing someone. Not a big deal.
(Shivering from nervousness, he closes his eyes.)
IS: (drunk) Iwasaki, you asshole!!! Running away from your mission like that. You’ll never hear the end of it!! (Izo starts to follow Inoue) I have Gotō-sama and His Great Lordship behind me.
OI: That’s a bad man. That person is a bad man.
(Izo unsheathes his sword but Inoue discovers him and runs away. Izo gives chase. They end up wrestling each other. Inoue’s arm is cut during the process. He pushes Izo off and runs, but trips and falls.)
(Izo grabs him, closes his eyes for the strike, but finds that Inoue has run off again.)
IS: Somebody!! Help!!
(Izo chases, crashes into some bamboo and finally catches up. They end up having a clumsy brawl, Inoue crawls away but Izo pulls him back. Using his sash, Izo strangles Inoue Saichirō, with his eyes closed during the process. Finally, Inoue collapses to the ground and Izo throws up next to him.)
OI: (panting hard) He’s dead….I killed a man….
(In a panic, Izo retrieves his sash and runs away.
The next day, Takechi addresses his people.)
TH: Our Lordship has finally recovered. Tomorrow morning, we set out for Kyo!
All: Yes sir!
HS: We’re only 7 miles from Kyo. Prepare yourselves, no mistakes!
ALL: Yes sir!
(Takechi sees Izo at the door and gives him a nod of approval. Izo, his eyes wide open, nods back happily.)
HS: Clean your weapons, pack up your things!
All: Yes sir.
HS: Faster! Move it!
(Out in the marketplace, people crowd around Inoue’s dead body.)
Misc: What happened?
Misc: Seems like someone died.
(Ryōma saunters up to the crowd, expressionless.)
Misc: I thought I heard screams last night.
Misc: Poor thing!
Misc: Was he murdered?
Misc: They say he’s a Gōmawari from Tosa.
(As Inoue’s body is turned over, Ryōma can clearly see who it is. Ryōma’s face is filled with regret and chagrin.)
Y: (narration) Ryōma should have figured already that this was Takechi’s doing. (Ryōma turns and walks slowly away.) Takechi belongs to another world now.
Episode 14 : Ryōma, a Wanted Man
~ The End ~
*1. The Mitsubishi Mail Steamship Company - more info here
*2. Kaikoku means “Open up the Country”
*3. In 1862, Kaishu was appointed vice-commissioner of the Tokugawa Navy. He established his naval academy in Kobe in 1863, with the help of Sakamoto Ryōma. The following year Kaishu was promoted to the post of navy commissioner - More info here
*5. It was Yataro who first told Ryōma about the reverberatory furaces in Satsuma (Ep.7) More info on reverberatory furnaces here.
Timeline for this Episode:
1862.04 - Ryōma flees Tosa without permission
1862.05 - 2 weeks after Ryoma’s dappan, Yoshida Tōyō is assassinated
1862.05 - Teradaya Incident, Satsuma clan bloodshed, 1 month after Ryōma’s dappan
1862.08 - Yamauchi Toyonori sets out for Kyo, with 2,000 vassals including the Tosa Kinnōto members
1862.08 - contracts measles on the way and stops over in Osaka
1862.08 - Ryōma appears in Osaka
1862.09 - Inoue Saichirō assassinated by Okada Izo in Osaka
1862.08 - Yamauchi Toyonori arrives in Kyo at month-end. The Tosa clan takes up the role of the Imperial Palace guards.
[Kochi Prefecture, Kochi City]
To the south-east of Kochi city, in Niida, the house where Takechi Hanpeita was born, still stands.
[Takechi Hanpeita’s Residence / Niida]
Within the Tosa clan’s complex social structure*, the Takechi family belonged to the Shirofuda rank, in between the Jōshi and Kashi.
[Site of Takechi dojo / Yokobori Park]
Hanpeita was noted for his outstanding skills and superb leadership. As a result, he had over 120 disciples in his Takechi dojo. In Edo, he was Head Coach in the Kyōshin Meichi Ryū’s Momoi Dojo, one of the top 3 dojos there. Hanpeita had the capabilities of an extraordinary leader. He had many followers, who made up the Tosa Kinnōtō.
[Statue of Takechi Hanpeita / Susaki City]
Following Ryōma’s dappan, Hanpeita was finally able to take an active role in the making of history.
[Takechi Hanpeita Related Sites]
Site of Takechi Dojo (Kochi City) - 5 mins walk from Tosa Den Tetsu (Tosa Electric Railway) Saenbachō Station
Takechi Hanpeita Zou / Statue (Susaki City) - 20 mins by car from JR Susaki Station
*A Note about Tosa’s Social Structure
I couldn’t understand why the samurai class differences in Tosa seemed so different from other clans, so I tried to look it up and came up with the following. Since I am not a historian and this info was compiled from online research, please point out any mistakes so I may correct them. Thanks! - izumi
During the Sengoku Period (Period of the Warring States, generally from 1467 ~ late 16th/early 17th century), Tosa was ruled by the Chōsokabe clan. The Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 cleared the path for Tokugawa Ieyasu to the Shogunate. Within 3 years, Tokugawa Ieyasu consolidated his power over Japan and the Period of the Tokugawa Bakufu, i.e. the Edo Period, began. This was the last shogunate in Japan.
In general during the Edo period, Jōshi (上士) came from the most prestigious families. Samurai who lived in the outskirts of the castle (or the castle town) were called 城下士 (pronounced Jōkashi), and are higher in status than those who lived in the countryside, i.e. the country samurai Gōshi (郷士).
However, it was different in Tosa. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Tokugawa Ieyasu rewarded ruling rights over Tosa to the Yamauchi clan, while the Chōsokabe clan were stripped of their title and domain.
As the new Daimyo of Tosa, Yamauchi Kazutoyo gave all his vassals from the old Kakegawa domain, the status of Jōshi (上士) regardless of family standing. This was to distinguish his own retainers from the former Chōsokabe retainers, who were given the lesser status Gōshi 郷士 (or as called in this taiga, Kashi). Needless to say, the (Chōsokabe) Gōshi were severely discriminated against.
This explains the extreme enemity between the 2 classes and contributed to the rise of power of the Tosa Kinnōtō in the Bakumatsu. As a conciliation to the Tosa Gōshi (or Kashi), a special status of Shirofuda (白札) was set up for Tosa alone. As an honour awarded to any lower class families for outstanding contribution, the Shirofuda enjoyed similar status as the Tosa Jōshi. Takechi Hanpeita was one of them.
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