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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:20 PM
They were once Japan's highest social caste, remembered for their fearsome fighting skills and immortalized in popular culture since their demise at the end of the 19th century.
But a collection of fascinating portraits of real Samurai warriors taken in the decades before reforms saw the warrior class abolished and a western-style conscripted military drafted in, give an authentic insight into military life in pre-modern Japan.
The portraits are thought to have been taken in the late 1860s
The Samurai had long been Japan's highest social caste
Shortly afterwards, the Samurai was abolished by Emporer Meishi
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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:51 PM
If you havnt read the book Shogun i recommend it!A bit long but a very good book
"If it is not advantageous,do not move.If objectives can not be attained,do not employ the army.Unless endangered do not engage in warfare.The ruler cannot mobilize the army out of personal anger.The general can not engage in battle because of personal frustration.When it is advantageous,move;when not advantageous,stop.Anger can revert to happiness,annoyance can revert to joy,but a vanquished state cannot be revived,the dead cannot be brought back to life." Sun-Tzu
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse...A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Very good photos. Though I think the one showing sepuku is faked. The person about to die would fully expose their belly, either by pulling the kimono wide apart, or pulling it off their shoulders and down below their belly. The katana being held by his second looks to be not robust enough for the job and looks like a stage prop, even in an old photo. Also he is too close to the doomed to get a good swing, and when bringing his katana back over his head, he would likely stab the guy sitting beside him. Looks like something staged for the curious gaijin.
Edited by Atentutankh-pasheri, 17 April 2013 - 05:05 PM.