|Years of service 1868-1876|
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Rank Major general
|Name Kirino Toshiaki|
|Nickname(s) Hitokiri Hanjiro (Hanjiro the Assassin)|
Battles/wars Kinmon Incident, Battle of Aizu, Satsuma Rebellion
Battles and wars Kinmon Incident, Battle of Aizu, Satsuma Rebellion
Service/branch Imperial Japanese Army
Born December 11, 1838 (age 38), Kagoshima, Satsuma Domain (now Kagoshima, Japan)
Died September 24, 1877 (aged 38) Kagoshima, Japan
Similar Kuroda Kiyotaka, Kawakami Gensai, Saigō Takamori
Iai Katana Giapponese Samurai Kirino Toshiaki
Kirino, also known as Nakamura Hanjirō (中村 半次郎), was renowned as one of the Four Hitokiri of the Bakumatsu. His sword style was Ko-jigen-ryū, a branch of the high-speed Jigen-ryū . Kirino's activities during the early to mid-1860s largely centered on Kyoto. During the Boshin War, as a senior commander of Satsuma forces, he was a high-ranking officer of the new Imperial Army. It was Kirino who was the representative of the imperial army at the surrender of Wakamatsu Castle, where he received the petition for surrender from Matsudaira Katamori, the lord of Aizu.
Kirino became a brigadier general in the early years of the Imperial Japanese Army. However, he joined the forces of Saigō Takamori during the Satsuma Rebellion, taking part in the march northward to Kumamoto. Kirino remained with Saigō until the end, and was killed at the end of the rebellion.
Kirino's wife, Hisa, was a skilled martial artist. As seen in several contemporary woodblock prints depicting the uprising, she also joined in its march. Unlike her husband, she survived, and lived until 1920.