Shibusawa Eiichi, Viscount Shibusawa was a Japanese industrialist widely known today as the "father of Japanese capitalism". He spearheaded the introduction of Western capitalism to Japan after the Meiji Restoration.
How the Meiji Restoration Ended Shogunal Rule in Japan
religion and funny hats! basket-headed komuso, members of a zen buddhist sect who went from door to door asking people for alms. in exchange, they would offer to bless the homes and rid them of evil spirits.
Toshimichi Okubo, He was the Japanese Minister of Interior who stopped the blodshed between Kenshin and Saito. Later on he then was killed by Shishio's apprentice, Soujiro Seta. But in the real life, it wasn't the way he died.