Three Great Nobles of the Restoration

The Three Great Nobles of the Restoration (維新の三傑, Ishin no Sanketsu, lit. "Three outstanding heroes in the restoration") is a term used in Japan for three figures that played an important role in the Meiji Restoration in 1868 and are regarded as the founders of the modern state of Japan.[1]

The Three Great Nobles were:

All Three Great Nobles were samurai of the Satchō Alliance, and died within a short period of time between 1877 (Meiji 10) and 1878 (Meiji 11). Saigō led the Satsuma Rebellion, the largest uprising against the new Meiji government, and died at the Battle of Shiroyama. Kido died from an unknown illness during the Satsuma Rebellion, and Ōkubo was later assassinated by former samurai of the Satsuma Domain for his involvement against the uprising.

Preceded by
Shōgun Tokugawa Yoshinobu
Meiji Restoration
1868–1885
Succeeded by
Itō Hirobumi as Prime Minister

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 『維新元勲十傑論』、16頁