Saigō Takamori

samurai of the Satsuma domain, supreme commander of Japanese army, one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration (1828-1877)

Saigō Takamori (西郷 隆盛, January 23, 1828 – September 24, 1877) was born in Kagoshima[1] and was a Japanese Samurai. In 1877 he led the Satsuma rebellion and against the new imperial government.

Portrait of Saigo Takamori by Ishikawa Shizumasa
Saigō Takamori
Japanese name
Hiraganaさいごう たかもり
Katakanaサイゴウ タカモリ
Kyūjitai西鄕 隆盛
Shinjitai西郷 隆盛

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  1. . Takamori Saigo 1828 - 1877, original name Kichibe or Kichinosuke, was a leader of the 19th-centry’s unsuccessful drive to modernise Japan. Political change attempted the end of the Samurais era, however they did not go down without a fight ( ). Takamori Saigo believed that instead of the Samurai’s culture dying out, it should have been modernised instead. Ravina, Mark (2011-03-29). The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori. John Wiley & Sons. p. 13. ISBN 9781118045565.