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INTEREST: Famous Samurai Saitō Hajime's True Face Revealed At Last


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Lactobacillus yogurti



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:19 pm Reply with quote
As a history buff, I find this to be really interesting. It's fun to imagine how he looked, but I'm always in favor of revealing the truth.

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Wandering Samurai



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:22 pm Reply with quote
Saito was one of the lucky ones from the Shinsengumi, the rest got killed during battles in the Meiji Restoration or were executed.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:32 pm Reply with quote

Saitou as portrayed in Kaze Hikaru! :) (my fictional-Shinsengumi-narrative of choice.) This one most closely resembles the real guy, maybe just by virtue of having a period-appropriate hair style...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:39 pm Reply with quote
I thought all those pictures of Saito Hajime were lost forever or something.
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Gemnist



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:58 pm Reply with quote
What's creepy is that all the representations of him are close to the original to varying degrees.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:08 pm Reply with quote
The real ones are never as good looking.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:13 pm Reply with quote
Real badass legend. Saitou Hajime without a doubt, is one of Japan's most important heroes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:18 pm Reply with quote
Wandering Samurai wrote:
Saito was one of the lucky ones from the Shinsengumi, the rest got killed during battles in the Meiji Restoration or were executed.


Inaccurate. Okita died because of tuberculosis. Yamanami committed seppuku. Shinpachi died from natural causes. Nishiki committed seppuku.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:25 pm Reply with quote
The real thing looks like a man that is not to be trifled with.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:22 pm Reply with quote
Saku-dono wrote:
Real badass legend. Saitou Hajime without a doubt, is one of Japan's most important heroes.

"Hero" is definitely a distorted word to describe a member of a death squad. I realize modern fiction glorifies and distorts it, but the Shinsengumi was still a death squad.
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Ashen Phoenix



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:00 pm Reply with quote
Lactobacillus yogurti wrote:
As a history buff, I find this to be really interesting. It's fun to imagine how he looked, but I'm always in favor of revealing the truth.

This is rekindling my desire to learn more about Japanese historical figures.
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Naniwa



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:29 pm Reply with quote
This has made my year, at least. I never expected we would get any Saito pictures at this point, and was used to find the fake ones everywhere, which was annoying. I didn't even know there were any real pictures left (I don't think the fact these existed was public). But it is so satisfying to finally be able to see his real face. This is amazing.
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Sahmbahdeh



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:51 pm Reply with quote
Interesting that each of the fictional versions in the article have bluish-purplish hair. Weird pattern.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:01 am Reply with quote
Actually a quite badass looking old man. Very interesting indeed.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:57 am Reply with quote
That's nice that the family decided to release his photos.
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