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Tsukaiban were battlefield messengers and couriers. During the Edo Period they were inspectors, often acting as assistants to Metsuke. Often, Metsuke would be chosen from the ranks of Tsukaiban.


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