“Ootsuka Tsukataroo“ Japanese Bakufu Infantryman, April 29, 1867. Painted by French army Captain and soldier of fortune Jules Brunet (Tom Cruise’s character in The Last Samurai was loosely based. on Brunet) who would later take very active role in the Boshin War before returning to the service of Napoleon III to fight in the Franco-Prussian War. (via http://laststandonzombieisland.com/2014/08/26/japanese-bakufu-infantryman/ )
Takeaki_Enomoto. After the defeat of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Boshin War (1869), a part of the former Shogun's navy led by Admiral Enomoto Takeaki fled to the northern island of Ezo (now known as Hokkaidō), together with several thousand soldiers and a handful of French military advisors and their leader, Jules Brunet. Enomoto made a last effort to petition the Imperial Court to be allowed to develop Hokkaidō and maintain the traditions of the samurai, but his request was denied.
Drapeux de la republique Franco-japonaise, éphémère d'Ezo installer au nord du Japon. Fondé avec l'aide du français Jules Brunet (qui a inspiré le film dernier Samourai interpréter par Tom Cruise) . Capital Hakodate Flag of the Republic of Ezo (1869).