Sokaku Takeda Biography (5) by Tokimune Takeda

The end of the Aizu War also marked the end of the age of the sword and the beginning of the age of guns and firearms. The martial arts of the Aizu Clan, which had once been highly regarded all over Japan, had died out. The Aizu population had resigned themselves to a life of subsistence, with no hope for the future. Sokichi Takeda, Sokaku’s father, remained in the Aizu domain as a “country samurai” where he had inherited some cultivated land which was handed down in his family.

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