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.
Takeaki Enomoto. After the defeat of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Boshin War (1869), a part of the former Shogun's navy led by Admiral Enomoto Takeaki fled to the northern island of Ezo (now known as Hokkaidō), together with several thousand soldiers and a handful of French military advisors and their leader, Jules Brunet. Enomoto made a last effort to petition the Imperial Court to be allowed to develop Hokkaidō and maintain the traditions of the samurai, but his request was denied.