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  • Japanese: 使番 (tsukaiban)

Tsukaiban were battlefield messengers and couriers during the medieval period; in the Edo period the title referred to inspectors, often acting as assistants to metsuke. Often, metsuke would be chosen from their ranks.


  • Beerens, Anna. Interview with a Bakumatsu Official: A Translation from Kyuji Shimonroku Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 55, No. 3. (Autumn, 2000), pp. 369-398.