Kawakami Gensai (?? ??, 25 December 1834 – 13 January 1872) was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period. A highly skilled swordsman, he was one of the four most notable assassins of the Bakumatsu period. Gensai's high-speed sword discipline was in the Shiranui-ry?.
Back with his old team after a three-year humbling in the major leagues, Kenshin Kawakami is setting out to regain his status as the Chunichi Dragons' ace.
''I would like to make my presence felt in the startingrotation,'' said Kawakami, who returns to Chunichi for the first time in four years, ahead of the 2011 Central League champion's spring training camp in Okinawa getting under way Wednesday.