OIRAN 花魁

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

Samurai

Samurai in foul weather gear; coat and hat carrying the two swords katana and wakizashi in true samurai form

Boshin war era samurai, the one on the right has a sode jirushi on his shoulder and a shoulder carry sword belt.

Boshin war era samurai, the one on the right has a sode jirushi (a badge worn on the shoulder-plate) on his shoulder and a shoulder carry sword belt.

Hijikata Toshizo of the Shinsengumi, prototype of Hijikata Toshiro

Hijikata Toshizo~ known as the Demon Vice-Commander (鬼の副長, oni no fukuchou) of the Shinsengumi

Samurai 1860s

Title: Three Samurai Medium: Vintage gold-toned albumen print from a wet collodion negative Date: early By:Felice Beato.

新撰組の近藤勇と沖田総司とされる写真。

Kondo Isami (right) and Soji Okita (left), Isami is famed for his role as commander of the Shinsengumi.

清水次郎長 Shimizu Jirocho (1820-1893) was the legendary "Robin Hood" figure of Japan, one of the undefeated swordsmen in Japan whose reputation eventually earned him the highest certificate of ability from the greatest swordsmen of the modern (Meiji) era, Yamaoka Tesshu. The Tesshu line was to have an enormous influence on Tohei Sensei through misogi training at the Ichikukai, and Ki Society students will recognize the meaning of a story about Jirocho's swordsmanship.

清水次郎長 Shimizu Jirocho (1820-1893) was the legendary "Robin Hood" figure of Japan, one of the undefeated swordsmen in Japan whose reputation eventually earned him the highest certificate of ability from the greatest swordsmen of the modern (Meiji) era, Yamaoka Tesshu. The Tesshu line was to have an enormous influence on Tohei Sensei through misogi training at the Ichikukai, and Ki Society students will recognize the meaning of a story about Jirocho's swordsmanship.

江戸城明け渡しに立ち会う官軍兵士(1968年)

江戸城明け渡しに立ち会う官軍兵士(1968年)

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