Actually, Okita’s birthday is unknown, but the peeps at Bakumatsu Rock decided to celebrate it on July 7, so I’m going to go with it!! Okita was born in 1842 or 1844 as Okita Soujirou Fujiwara no Harumasa in today’s Shirakawa (north of Tokyo). He had two older sisters. His family was from the samurai class. Both of his parents died when he was very young.
Okita proved to be a prodigy with swordsmanship. He began learning the Tennenrishin-ryu style of swordsmanship around the age of nine. At twelve, he defeated the Lord of Shirakawa’s fencing instructor in a match. By the time he was fifteen, he began working as the assistant instructor at Kondo’s Shieikan Dojo. When he was eighteen, he received the highest rank that can be received with the Tennenrishin-ryu and soon after was appointed as the head of the dojo. In 1866, Kondo made him the fifth master of the Shieikan.
He was one of the youngest members of the Shinsengumi, becoming one of the founding members when he was about 19, and was given the title of the Vice – Commander’s Assistant and later made captain of the first squad. His signature technique was known as the “Mumyo-ken” (lit. “no light blade”) which is said that it could hit his opponent’s neck and both shoulders at the same time, or at least almost the same time.
Okita passed away around the age of 26 at Tokyo’s Imado Jinja from tuberculosis. He is buried under his birth name at Sensouji Temple.
It looks like the peeps at Bakumatsu Rock had a blast having a party for Okita! They took the whole party of them out to ride in paddle boats and then a playground!!
Happy Birthday Okita san!!!!!