thekimonogallery: Rare photo of true samurai, circa Japan, by photographer Felice Beato. A year or two after this photograph was taken, the samurai were abolished, and with it the Japanese feudal system.
Ancient Secrets The Samurai Respect for the Elder Warrior To us this looks like the oldest Samurai we've seen in these photos. We love how long and greyed his beard is. As in all cultures, the elders truly are our best teachers and lessons in history.
Ikeda Nagaoki (front row, left) was the head of the Second Japanese Embassy to Europe also called the Ikeda Mission, sent in by the Tokugawa shogunate to negotiate the cancellation of the open-port status of Yokohama