01/27 – 鳥羽・伏見の戦い: Toba–Fushimi

The battle at the Fushimi Bridge. The Imperial forces, at right, absolutely ruined the shogunate troops (at left) with cannon and rifle fire. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1868, 5,000 Imperial Japanese soldiers engaged over 15,000 Tokugawa Shogunate men during the Battle of Toba-Fushimi. Taking place near modern-day Kyoto, the battle - which lasted…

01/24 – Shōichi Yokoi’s War

Yokoi (centre left) upon his return to Japan in 1972. (History Collection) On this day in 1972, Shōichi Yokoi - a Sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army, or IJA - was found in a remote cave in the jungles Guam. Yokoi had served with the IJA's 38th Infantry Regiment during WWII, and fought in several…