Fall of Seven Nobles Incident

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  • Date: 1863/8/18
  • Japanese: 七卿落ち (shichi kyou ochi)

The shichi-kyô-ochi (lit. "fall of seven nobles") incident was one in which seven court nobles of the anti-shogunate sonnô jôi ("Revere the Emperor, Expel the Barbarians!") faction were expelled from Kyoto after being discovered plotting against the kôbu gattai ("Union of Shogunate & Court").

The seven, namely Sanjô Sanetomi, Sanjô Nishisuetomo, Higashikuze Michitomi, Mibu Motonaga, Shijô Takauta, Nishikikôji Yoritomi, and Sawa Nobuyoshi, had previously had their plots defeated by the kôbu gattai faction on at least one prior occasion. On 1863/8/18, they were banished from the Imperial capital, and made their way to Chôshû. Two of the places they are known to have stopped and stayed along the way are Tomo no ura (modern-day Fukuyama City, Hiroshima prefecture)[1] and Mitarai (today part of Kure City, Hiroshima pref.).[2]


  • "Shichikyôochi," Digital Daijisen デジタル大辞泉, Shôgakukan.
  1. Shirarezaru Ryûkyû shisetsu 知られざる琉球使節, Fukuyama-shi Tomonoura rekishi minzoku shiryôkan (2006), 41.
  2. Mitarai tsûshin 御手洗通信 no. 1, Dec 1996, p11.
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