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Photos of Samurai: The Last Century of Japanese Warriors

  • The hilt of a tachi

    tachi, slung sword, samurai
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    CREDIT: Owen Jarus
  • The mounting for the tachi

    tachi, slung sword, samurai
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    CREDIT: Owen Jarus
  • Samurai armor

    3-	This 19th century Samurai armor contains a <i>mempo</i>, a face mask
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    CREDIT: Owen Jarus
  • Hand-made armor

    carefully made Samurai armor
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    CREDIT: Owen Jarus
  • Significant protection

    samurai armor
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    CREDIT: Owen Jarus
  • Full armor

    A Samurai in full armor with sword.
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    CREDIT: Wikimedia.
  • Creative design

    samurai helmets, creative design
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    CREDIT: Owen Jarus
  • Decorative headpiece

    samurai helmet
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    CREDIT: Owen Jarus
  • Weapons of choice

    samurai weapons, long swords, daggers
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    CREDIT: Owen Jarus
  • Practical yet beautiful

    samurai stirrup, mounting
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    CREDIT: Owen Jarus
  • Ancient weapons

    gunpowder, pistols, samurai
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    CREDIT: Owen Jarus
  • For the emperor

    a samurai from the Chosyu clain, fighting for the emperor, in the Boshin War
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    CREDIT: Wikimedia.
A Samurai training text dating to 1844 has been deciphered; the text served as a primer for students learning the martial art of Takenouchi-ryƫ. The text reads: "When [knowledge] is mature, the mind forgets about the hand, the hand forgets about the sword," a status requiring a calm mind and one few students could hope to achieve. This picture shows the hilt of a tachi (slung sword), dating to 1861, which would have been used by a high-ranking young Samurai. The sword with mounting is now in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.

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