Nagakura Shinpachi

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  • Born: 1839
  • Died: 1915
  • Ranks:Shinsengumi captain
  • Other name: Sugihara Yoshie
  • Japanese: 永倉新八載之 Nagakura Shinpachi Noriyuki


Nagakura Shinpachi was born the son of a Matsumae han samurai in Edo. He practiced Shinto Munen Ryu (Menkyo) at Gekikenkan dojo and Shingyoto Ryu at the Tsubouchi Shume dojo. (He met Shimada Kai in the dojo) He left Matsumae han to concentrate on practicing Kenjutsu. He became Shokkaku of the Shieikan dojo and joined the Roshigumi along with other Shieikan members.


Nagakura Shinpachi

Nagakura Shinpachi was one of 4 members who raided inside of Ikedaya. After the Kinmon Rebellion, Kondo Isami's arrogant behaviours irretated some Shinsengumi members. Nagakura and Harada Sanosuke and Saito Hajime and three other members submitted a petition of the impeachment of Kondo to Matsudaira Katamori but failed. When they returned to Edo after the Battle of Koshu-Katsunuma, Nagakura and Kondo argued over plans. Kondo asked "If you become my retainer" then Nagakura and Harada made a decision to leave the Koyochinbutai (the renamed Shinsengumi). They formed Seikyotai, participated in some battles in Utsunomiya, Imaichi and headed north but it was too late.

Nagakura late in life


Nagakura had to hide for a while because he fought against the Imperial troops. Eventually he returned to Matsumae han in late 1868 and married the han doctor's daughter. (Later his name changed to Sugihara Yoshie) He worked as Kenjutsu teacher in Kabato prison, Hokkaidô. He had a dojo in Tokyo for a while but moved back to Hokkaidô and lived there until he died. In 1876, Nagakura built a grave for Kondo Isami and Hijikata Toshizô with the help of Matsumoto Ryôjun who used to be the Shinsengumi doctor. Later, Nagakura's grave was built next to fellow Shinsengumi members' graves(his will). They still exist near JR Itabashi station. A memorial event is held every year.

Nagakura Shinpachi's Sword

Nagakura Shinpachi's Journals

Nagakura in Fiction


  • Bakumatsu Shinsengumi (幕末新選組) Ikenami Shotaro

Reserch books

  • Shinsengumi Kumicho Retsuden (新選組組長列伝) Shinjinbutsu Oraisha
  • Shinsengumi Meimeiden3 (新選組銘々伝3) Shinjinbutsu Oraisha
  • Shinsengumi Nagakura Shinpachi no Subete (新選組・永倉新八のすべて ) Shinjinbutsu Oraisha
  • Shinsengumi Nagakura Shinpachi Gaiden (新選組 永倉新八外伝) Sugimura Etsuro


  • Shinsengumi Taishi Den (新選組隊士伝) Gakken
  • Shinsengumi (新選組) Sekai Bunkasha
  • Shinsengumi Zentaishi Tettei Guide (新選組全隊士徹底ガイド) Maeda Masaki
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