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.
伊藤博文 Prince Itō Hirobumi, GCB was a samurai of Chōshū domain, Japanese statesman, four time Prime Minister of Japan, genrō and Resident-General of Korea. Itō was assassinated by Korean nationalist An Jung-geun.
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