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Photos of Samurai: The Last Century of Japanese Warriors

For the emperor

a samurai from the Chosyu clain, fighting for the emperor, in the Boshin War

(Image credit: Wikimedia.)

During the Boshin War, fought in 1868-1869, samurai fought against the Tokugawa Shogunate (which had effectively ruled Japan for over two centuries) in an effort to restore the emperor to full political power in hopes he would expel foreigners. While the emperor was restored his new government ended up doing the exact opposite, embracing western ways, reforming the military and effectively abolishing the samurai. This photograph shows samurai from the Chosyu clain, fighting for the emperor, in the Boshin War.