Yamada Torajiro (1866-1957) in traditional Ottoman, an important pioneer in the history of Turkish-Japanese relations and enamored with the everyday life and beauties of İstanbul, Torajirō remained in the imperial capital for almost twenty years, was witness to the history of the Hamidian era of autocratic conservatism and the subsequent dramatic transition to constitutionalism that came with the Young Turk revolution of 1908.
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This especially attractive and well-preserved turban-shaped helmet is stamped with the mark used in the Ottoman arsenals. At least one turban helmet decorated in a style comparable to this example bears the name of Farrukh-Siar (r. 1464–1501), ruler of Shivran in the Caucasus.
The rulers made a profit off the faction rivalries. The scholars were happy with the sultans, they were stable. Once the empire expanded, the sultans lost their local connections. Viziers, like the one shown above, held powerful positions. The rulers would involve their sons in their careers. Imperial succession ultimately weakened the empire.