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130215-0001 - Otsu Incident


Shiga Meiji 1890s Unknown
Illustration of the failed assassination attempt on Russian Crown Prince Nicholas Alexandrovich on May 11, 1891 (Meiji 24). The attempt occurred when Nicholas was returning to Kyoto after a trip to Lake Biwa in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. He was attacked by Sanzo Tsuda (津田三蔵, 1855–1891), one of the escorting police officers, who stuck his face with a saber. Nicholas’s cousin, Prince George of Greece, parried the second blow with his cane, and saved his life. Tsuda thought Nicholas was spying to prepare a Russian invasion. The event became known as the Otsu Incident (大津事件, Otsu Jiken). The illustration is fictional as Tsuda wore a Western style uniform and hairstyle.

Published in the French illustrated newspaper Le Petit Journal on May 10, 1891 (Meiji 24). Original text: “Le crime d’Otsu.”
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