In this episode of our series on the Meiji Restoration, the civil war between the supporters of the Emperor and the Shogun rages on. Meanwhile, the young Emperor Meiji makes the first steps towards reforming Japan into a modern, centralized nation-state.
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Cover Image: Illustration of a Military Review by Toyohara Chikanobu, 1887
Opening Theme: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95, B. 178 by Antonín Dvořák
Closing Theme: "Miyasan, Miyasan," performed by the Daiei Company Male Choir
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