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Portrait of a Warrior
Photograph by Shimooka Renjo; "Samurai Uchida"; Charles Schwartz, New York

At the end of the samurai era, once fierce warriors had enough time on their hands to sit for portraits. This aristocratic samurai from the late 1800s posed with his katana sword prominently displayed and still in its scabbard with the cords tied. He wore the traditional attire of the Edo period: loose haori jacket over a full-length kimono tucked into flowing hakama pants designed to protect warriors' legs from brush when riding horses.





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