This is a character journal for meiji_restored that occasionally contains miscellaneous resources with relevance to Takasugi and/or the Bakumatsu, as well as amusing tidbits that may or may not have anything to do with anything. (Fellow puppet = wolfsurvivor)
Takasugi Shinsaku 高杉晋作 (1839 - 1867 ???)
Takasugi was a radical Choshu samurai during the last years of the Edo period. He was one of the top pupils of Yoshida Shoin, as well as Katsura Kogoro's (later Kido Takayoshi) right hand man and, arguably, dearest friend. A formidable swordsman in his own right, as well as a lover of poetry and shamisen (and sake and women), he founded the Kiheitai in 1863 and helped to bring about the Meiji Revolution. Unfortunately, he did not live to see the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, dying of tuberculosis only a few months before the official surrender.
Or so history says.
For the purposes of the RPG, Takasugi survived his tuberculosis and lived on to the new era, hiding in a village in the outskirts of Tokyo under the name "Ika." (ika = squid)
Historically Takasugi had a wife named Masako, with whom he had a son named Umenoshin or Touichi (among other names...). He also had a Shimonoseki geisha lover named O-Uno. The Takasugi in this universe did have a Masako and an Uno; however, the backstory involving these two women has been fiddled with very muchlies by yours truly. (For info on historical Masako and Uno, check here.) Not to mention the fact that in 1863, he ran off from Kyoto with Yamazaki Ayumu of the Peacemaker Kurogane universe...