||Born on October 10, 1859 at the Takeda Mansion in Oike, Aizu Bange-cho, in present-day Fukushima Prefecture. Father, Sokichi Takeda (1819-1906), mother Tomi (unknown dates), daughter of Dengoro Kurokochi.|
|1867||As a boy of eight, witnesses battles of the Aizu War taking place all around him.
on December 14.
|1868||[Mass suicide of family of Saigo Tanomo, chief councillor (karo) of Aizu Han during Aizu War.]|
|c1869||Studies Hozoin Takada-ha Sojutsu from his father-in-law, Dengoro Kurokochi.
|c1870||Studies Onoha Itto-ryu sword began as a boy at the Yokikan dojo of Toma Shibuya in Aizu Bange-cho.
|c1871|| Competes and wins in sumo matches in regional tournaments without his father’s permission.
|1872||Expelled from temple school due to misbehavior.|
Becomes a live-in student (uchideshi) at the Jiki Shinkage-ryu dojo of famous swordsman Kenkichi Sakakibara (1830-1894) in Tokyo. Curriculum includes sword, staff, spear, small bow, kusarigama, naginata, and other weapons.
|c1874||Participates in Gekkenkai fencing tournaments popular at the time.|
|1875||Returning home from Sakakibara dojo for visit, narrowly escapes gang battle on bridge in Inawashiro in Fukushima Prefecture. Cuts several attackers and saves himself by jumping into the river.
|1876|| Death of older brother, Sokatsu on September 2. On return home, encounters three outlaws waiting in ambush and kills one with his sword and seriously injures other two.
Father Sokichi decides Sokaku is to enter priesthood succeeding his late brother. Enters Tsutsukowake Shrine precinct in eastern Shirakawa County in Fukushima Prefecture under the tutelage of Chikanori Hoshina (Tanomo Saigo).
Abandons priestly duties to join Takamori Saigo’s anti-government forces in Kyushu.
Kenkichi Sakakibara provides Sokaku letter of recommendation to Shunzo Momonoi (1826-1886), Headmaster of the Kyoshin Meichi-ryu sword school of Sakai City, Osaka. (November)
|1877||Secretly departs from Osaka to join Takamori Saigo’s army, but later abandons plan.
Set out on journey to Kyushu for self-training (September). Joins a troupe of acrobats in Nagasaki Prefecture.
|1878||In Kumamoto Prefecture, observes Okinawa-te (karate) arts, and defeats karate expert.
Tours Kyushu and Okinawan islands.
Possible journey to Hawaii (undocumented).
|1879|| Returns to Kyushu from Okinawa. Engages in sword training while traveling around Kyushu.
Encunters religious ascetics and practices esoteric Buddhism.
|1880||Engages in spear training at Sakai dojo in Kumamoto. Loses two front teeth in match with two opponents using real spears.
|1882||Engages in fight with gang of construction workers in Fukushima Prefecture during which he kills several attackers. Jailed for one month before being acquitted after verdict ruling deaths self-defense.|
|1887|| Accompanies Tsugumichi Saigo, younger brother of Takamori Saigo, to Hokkaido.
|c1888||Marries Kon and union produces two children.
|c1890||Visits of unknown duration to Nikko Toshogu and Ryozen shrines to study under Chikanori Hoshina.
|1891-1897||Possible periods of training under his father Sokichi that included Daito-ryu techniques (speculative).
|1898||Conducts Daito-ryu seminar in Miyagi Prefecture in May, earliest record from Sokaku’s enrollment books (eimeiroku)|
|1899||Conducts a series of seminars in Miyagi Prefecture.|
|1900||Conducts seminars in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures.|
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