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Having spent sixteen years studying and working in Japan as a writer and journalist, Romulus Hillsborough now lives in Northern California.
"Hillsborough makes deft use of both contemporary Japanese historical scholarship and primary source materials in his presentation of compelling historical vignettes, commendably providing English-language readers with access to previously unavailable material on Naosuke and Hanpeita. Recommended"--Choice; "fascinating...Hillsborough has an impressive feel for the period, producing a book that takes us inside the world of the key figures in this dark element of the period"--History of War; "well-researched...an engaging and useful work for anyone interested in the chaos and complexity of the final years of the Tokugawa shogunate"--H-Net Reviews; "outlines the significance of assassination during the samurai-led revolution that was the Meiji Restoration in Japan"--ProtoView.