Perun is quite strong in Central Asia history. I have my fair share in Chinese history. Not sure if there's anyone else strong on that segment.
I have met literally four people who were not Japanese in my entire life that even know what the Ezo Republic is, let alone that it even existed.Really interesting stuff. Family history is so interesting - and the Ezo Republic is a very neat period of Japanese history, and one not a lot of people know about. Awesome that you have links to such things!
That's always a shame when things are lost to history...I hope you can recover and find more out about them!I mean, most of the family stories we have aren't verifiable, or I haven't done the work to verify it. I have spent some time tracking down family members in the First World War, and we know of some cousins and such - but many records were lost.
What? Dude, is it just the typical tourist stuff they sell? It has to be. Traditional katana were usually considered the soul of the samurai, and for one to be given to a foreigner is pretty much unthinkable, especially in those times. Even today many traditional swordsmiths won't often sell outside the country. It has happened where one has been gifted, but its extraordinarily rare.My family's connection with Japan exhausts itself in a ship's preacher who visited the country at some point in the 19th century and brought home a katana that is now gathering dust unseen on my dad's bookshelf.
Thats really unfortunate, mate. I'm genuinely sorry to hear that.In my case, the war records were declared destroyed by the national archive due to rot. So it doesn't feel like that avenue will be something that can be pursued. Other records exist but are much harder to find - things like regimental archives and local recruitment copies - and they are sketchy.