What I need is this:
What sort of rumors would be flying around Edo concerning the events in Kyoto in the time from 1863-65 (or even up until the start of the Meiji era)? What, if any, hard facts would be known? How much awareness was there about the late Bakumatsu in Edo?
I have had the hardest time finding information about this aspect of the era, and if anyone can give me info, or, even better, point me to a book or site that may have some information on this, I would really appreciate it. It's probably right in front of my nose and I just haven't noticed it yet, but if anyone could shed some light on the subject that would be wonderful.