Beware an old man in a profession where men usually die young!
Credit to @warphotography : We've posted this one before, but damnnn, is this guy cool or what?
This photo was taken around 1868 by British-Italian photographer, Felice Beato, one of the first people to take photographs in East Asia and one of the very first war photographers.
The Samurai - 'those who serve' - were the military nobility class which emerged from Japan's provinces and rose to control the country in the 12th century. The Samurai found themselves in a position of privilege as they enforced the ruling of the shogunate and became legendary for their 'bushido' code. This code encapsulated fearlessness, compassion, loyalty, discipline, ruthlessness and kindness. To be a samurai, one must be many things at once. Calligraphy, architecture and the arts in general were revered by the samurai as it was believed by some that the practice of other skills would in turn enhance one's capabilities in the martial arts.
With the Meiji restoration period, beginning 1868, Japan began to open its ports to international trade. This allowed for more pictures of the samurai to be captured, like the one you see above. This samurai isn't wearing any armour, but as the saying goes, beware of an old man in a profession where men usually die young.
With the Meiji restoration, carrying swords in public became prohibited and the samurai class was dissolved. However, bushido was to survive as the national moral code of new Japan.
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Coming off a slight shoulder injury so I've been taking it easy. Got a chance to try it out practicing a bit of taijutsu today. Great to work on the basics! Shouts to @natural.mobility and @kayjay.83 for some great training!
A través de la cueva cruzo el samurai y lo que encontró fue un camino de bamboo como si estuviera afuera. Día 22 camino
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Trough the cave the samurai cruise and what he found was a trail of bamboo like he was outside. Day 22 trail