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The Taisyo Empress Teimei. 1884-1951. (It is not right to actually call "Empress". The right name of Japanese Emperor is "Kougou" or " Kougou-Heika".) Taisyo era.

Sakamoto Ryōma (January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867) was a leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period in Japan.

Japanese History - Iwasaki Yatarō (岩崎 弥太郎 January 9, 1835 – February 7, 1885) was a Japanese financier and shipping industrialist, and the founder of Mitsubishi.

Katana:刀 is Japanese Sword. It's a weapon indeed. But it's a spiritual pillar of the Samurai.

Asakusa in Tokyo, Japan, 1934

Photographer T. Enami 江南 信國 Self portrait of the prolific Meiji-era artist as a young man. February 17, 2009 was Enami's 150th birthday anniversary. Most of the photos in this album were taken by him. Enami was also an official photographer for National Geographic.

Iyo red plate armor equipped

Oiran kimono.

samurai

"Ryoma" was an NHK Taiga Drama that showed once every week for 10 months in 2010. It was one of the most riveting pieces of television I've ever seen. Story about Japan's historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma that helped to bring about the end of the "Samurai era" and bring Japan into the modern age of government; starring Fukuyama Masaharu. Excellent piece of television that I would watch over and over again.

Sakamoto Ryōma (坂本 龍馬?, January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867) was a leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period in Japan. Ryōma used the alias Saidani Umetarō (才谷 梅太郎?).

Japanese Archer, 1870.

Nakaoka Shintarō 1838 – 1867 was a samurai in Bakumatsu period Japan, and a close associate of Sakamoto Ryōma in the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate.

坂本龍馬 Ryoma Sakamoto

The last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837-1913) shogun from 1866 to 1867, the 15th and last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. He was part of a movement which aimed to reform the aging shogunate, but was ultimately unsuccessful. After resigning in late 1867, he went into retirement, and largely avoided the public eye for the rest of his life.

Samurai

.Samurai. Hand-colored photo, about 1860’s, Japan.

Sakamoto Ryōma (January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867) was a leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period in Japan. Ryōma used the alias Saidani Umetarō.

Young man - Prince Okundaira - in formal haori Hand-colored photo, 1870’s, Japan, by photographer Felice Beato.