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Tokyo Meiji 1870s Unknown
Takebashi Barracks (竹橋部隊) housing the artillery battalion of the Imperial Guard (近衛砲兵大隊) in Tokyo, in front of the Imperial Palace. The barracks were designed in 1872 (Meiji 5) by the British architect and engineer Thomas J. Waters (1843-1892). On August 23, 1878 (Meiji 11), 260 Imperial Guard members based here mutinied. The government managed to put down the mutiny and moved the Imperial Guards to a new location in what is now Minato-ku, farther removed from the Imperial Palace.

Published in The Far East Vol 6, No 12 of June 30, 1875.

Original text: “The barracks at Takebashi. These two pictures are taken from one of the ancient gateways, now in ruins, of the citadel of Yedo Castle. They shew (sic) the spirit and style, with which the government provides accommodation for its now well-drilled and well-taken-care-of soldiers.”
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