Incident at Sakuradamon

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The event as depicted in a kawaraban from the time
The Sakuradamon as it appears today
  • Date: 1860/3/3
  • Japanese: 桜田門外の変 (Sakuradamon gai no hen)

The Tairô Ii Naosuke was assassinated just outside the Sakuradamon (Sakurada Gate) of Edo castle, by a group of eighteen men, on 1860/3/3. The plot was organized and executed chiefly by rônin from Mito han, possibly at the direction of the lord of Mito, Tokugawa Nariaki, whose supporters had been pushed out of government by Naosuke in the Ansei Purges. The event is cited among those which led to the downfall of the Tokugawa shogunate eight years later.


  • Gallery labels, Edo-Tokyo Museum.[1]
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