Hachioji sennin doshin guards

. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

Hachioji sennin dooshin 八王子千人同心 1000 officials from Hachioji

. Hachiooji 八王子 Hachioji district .

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. Haijima village 拝島町 "island of reverence" .
It was a postal station for the government officials working in Hachioji, sennin dooshin 千人同心 1000 Hachioji Guards. They were supervising the highways and looking out for fires.
The first leader was 大久保長安 Okubo Nagayasu (1545 - 1613).
Around 1800, they immigrated to Hokkaido.

. Ookubo, Ōkubo 大久保 Okubo district, Shinjuku .

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Group of pioneers during the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate
The first group of pioneers came to Hokkaido during the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate, before the Hokkaido Development Commission was launched. In 1800, Hachioji Sennin Doshin (1,000 junior officials from Hachioji) migrated from Bushu Hachioji to Hokkaido, which was called Ezochi (Ezo region) at that time.

The Tokugawa Shogunate reinforced defensive preparations against Russia through direct rule of Ezochi. Hanzaemon Hara, the head of Hachioji Sennin Doshin, heard about it and moved to Ezochi, accompanied by his younger brother, Shinsuke, and about 100 young men of the Doshin. Hanzaemon settled at Shiranuka (current Shiranuka Town) and Shinsuke at Yufutsu (current Tomakomai City). Based on this connection, Tomakomai and Hachioji cities have now established a sister city relationship.

Hachioji Sennin Doshin, surviving retainers of the Koshu Takeda family, had guarded Koshu Road after they were relocated from Koshu to the Hachioji area during the Edo period.
During the Edo period farmers were generally prohibited to possess arms – the system called heino bunri (literally means separation of samurai and farmers) – but Hachioji Sennin Doshin were allowed to wear swords while farming as an exception. Thus, Hachioji Sennin Doshin were probably considered appropriate for defensive preparations against Russia and the development of Ezochi. However, due to the harsh natural environment of Ezochi, many suffered disease and returned to their homeland, and the development by Hachioji Sennin Doshin failed several years later.

As seen above, although there were some initiatives of small-scale migration and reclamation during the direct-ruling period by the Shogunate, they did not achieve sufficient results. Still, some development policies by the Shogunate including opening of Nanae Herb Farm, mine surveys and surveys aimed to introduce western-style technologies became pathfinders for full-fledged Hokkaido development in the Meiji era.
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鶴ヶ島千人同心 Tsurugashima Sennin Doshin parade
Tsurugashima is a city in Saitama.
They have a special parade during the Spring festival.


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