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- During the latest years of the Tokugawa Shogunate (also called the bakumatsu period), there was a huge fight between the two major clans in Japan: Shinsengumi (the clan that supported the shogunate) and Choshu (the clan that supported the emperor).
- They always had fights mostly in Kyoto where the emperor lived.
- The guns were banned so the fights involved the blades and of course the katana.
- In July 1864, the Choshu clan was planning to set fire in Kyoto to create a chaos and bring back the emperor to power.
- But the Shinsengumi attacked them in a place called Ikeda Inn.
- The fight continued on the nearby bridge and the blade traces can be seen today.
- The shinsengumi were outnumbered but won the fight by killing 8 members of the Choshu clan and arresting dozens of the Choshu clan members.