sailorx2: This is an image of an Ainu woman with traditional lip tattoo. The Ainu are the indigenous people of Japan, who some believe to have been descended from the Jomon. The lip tattoo is a purely female tradition, passed down from mother to daughter. The techniques involved include cutting the lip with special knives then taking the ash that collects in the hearth for the colouration, giving off a distinct, dark blue shade. It begins at a young age, with a semi-circle on the upper lip.
Samurai with bow and arrow, helmets, swords, spears and coats of mail. Photo from series of 42 hand coloured albumine prints at Spaarnestad Photo by Felice Beato, Kusakabe Kimbei or Raimund baron von Stillfried. Japan, around 1880.
Samurai wearing jingasa and kamishimo. Hakama 袴 'trousers' traditionally formed part of an outfit called a kamishimo (上下 or 裃), worn by samurai and courtiers Vintage and Antique Oriental Finds www.rubylane.com #rubylane @rubylanecomduring the Edo period. Nowadays hakama is worn only on formal occasions or for religious services. Hand-coloured photo, late C19th, Japan.