He and his family should be studied alongside other families from Aizu such as the Matsudaira, Yamakawa (Yamagawa), Takagi and Fujita families which must be studied in the context of the post 1868 Aizu network centered in Tokyo. He was a friend, relative and benefactor to both Mr. and Mrs. Fujita in the Meiji era. Takamine also has ties with people from outside of Japan such as the Krusi family, Edward Sylvester Morse, William Sturgis Bigelow and Ernest Francisco Fenollosa. Other famous people from the Meiji era he knew on an intimate basis include Tsuda Ume(ko) and Okakura Kakuzo. [Note: Japanese names are presented traditionally with the lastname in the front]. His association with these people will be explained further in the text.
Ultimately, it is my hope to convey a new dimension to the defeat of the Aizu domain and that is the fighting spirit of the samurai manifests itself not only on the battlefield or in death but in the form of suvival and adaptation in the new order.
This site emerged from my research into the biography of Mr. Fujita (formerly known as Yamaguchi Hajime, Saitou Hajime,
Yamaguchi Jiro, Ichinohe/Ichinose Denpachi) and his wife Mrs. Fujita (Takagi Sada or Tokio(ko). Saitou Hajime was the former captain of the third troop in the [Shinsengumi] and assistant to the Vice Chief Hijikata Toshizo. It was Takamine Hideo's friendship to the Fujita family which sparked my interest. Much later in my inquiry I had found some very interesting connections between Takamine and the kingdom of Siam, which like Japan, was not colonized and was also undergoing its own cultural and technological evolution.
Disclaimer: This site is a work in progress. As I cannot read Japanese there will be gaps in my knowledge. I am more interested in letting the subject tell his or her own story and therefore I will keep interpretation to a minimum. If you would like to contribute to this site or make corrections please [contact me] .