Japanese Courtesan procession An oiran refers to a high-ranking courtesan in the pleasure quarter of Yoshiwara.

SAMURAI with a cat. 野口哲哉作「着甲武人猫散歩逍遥図」 野口哲哉ノ作品集 「侍達ノ居ル処。」Link: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4861524296

This isn't traditional Ukiyo-e (by contemporary artist Noguchi Tetsuya) but this samurai in cat armor and cat ears helmet is amazing!



坂本龍馬 Ryoma Sakamoto

和洋折衷 “Wayousechu” Blending Japan and The West


This photo says the woman is a japanese prostitute. I'd say that's right because of the many hairpins, but why is she wearing her obi in this unusual way? Only prostitutes wear their obi's tied in the front.

長州藩士 高杉晋作

Takasugi Shinsaku (高杉 晋作 27 September 1839 – 17 May was a samurai from the Chōshū Domain of Japan who contributed significantly to the Meiji Restoration.He used the alias Tani Umenosuke (谷梅之助) to hide his activities from the shogunate.

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