Tenguto Rebellion

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  • Date: 1864
  • Japanese: 天狗党の乱 (tengutou no ran)

The Tengutô Rebellion was an uprising of samurai from Mito han, who rose up against the Tokugawa shogunate, claiming loyalty to the Emperor, and attacking the shogunate for its engagement with the Western powers.

The rebels aimed to make their way to Kyoto via Shimotsuke and Kôzuke provinces. On 1864/11/14, the Kanto Regulatory Patrol ordered squads of peasants, armed with firearms, to mobilize and prepare to engage with the rebels. There was little fighting or bloodshed, however, in the end, and the rebellion was soon suppressed.


  • David Howell. "The Social Life of Firearms in Tokugawa Japan." Japanese Studies 29:1 (2009), 76.