150 years ago this week was the Battle of Aizu in Japan. While the new imperial government of the Meiji Restoration had succeeded in pacifying most of the country, the Tohoku region remained defiant, and Aizu above all else. Aizu, Sendai and other domains bitterly resisted the new order and were defeated. In truth this was not an ideological conflict, or a conflict of old and new values, but rather who would lead the "new" Japan.
However, in Aizuwakamatsu and the wider Tohoku region, the war is still remembered in the same way the American South remembers the Civil War.