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Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). 東海道五十三次之内 蒲原 夜の雪 Evening Snow at Kanbara, from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō", ca. 1833-34. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936 (JP2492).

JAPON National Treasure of Japan, Asura statue : Nara period (710-794), property of Kofuku-ji Temple 興福寺-阿修羅像(国宝)

Shikami menpô Mid Edo Period (1615-1867) Samurai armour's mask Nerigawa (lacquered leather) A very good leather mask lacquered in black with red and gold details. The production of nerigawa is actually more difficult than the production of iron masks. The yodare-kake is mad of individual nerigawa plates (hon-kozane) The mask, with long teeth, a fierce expression and a long nose, represents a shikami demon

headlesssamurai: “ “Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” ― Thucydides ”