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Matsudaira Tadanari (second from the left), who ruled the Ueda domain during the 1860s, sits for a photograph with a group of unidentified samurai, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Tadanari was related to one of the most powerful samurai lineages in Japanese history, the Tokugawa clan, which dominated the country from 1600 to 1868.

Matsudaira Tadanari (second from the left), who ruled the Ueda domain during the…

Two Japanese samurai in fire dress, circa 1865. The one on the left wears a jingasa hat, and the one on the right wears the traditional indigo tabi socks of the samurai firefighter. (Photo by Felice Beato)

Two Japanese samurai in fire dress, circa The one on the left wears a jingasa hat, and the one on the right wears the traditional indigo tabi socks of the samurai firefighter. (Photo by Felice Beato)

朧月象ヲ也 Oboro Tsukiyou o Nari

朧月象ヲ也 Oboro Tsukiyou o Nari

Akamatsu Daisaburo was one of the Japanese naval officers who came to the Netherlands in 1862 to follow the construction of the steamship Kaiyo-maru, which was being built by order of the Japanese government.

Akamatsu Daisaburo was one of the Japanese naval officers who came to the Netherlands in 1862 to follow the construction of the steamship Kaiyo-maru, which was being built by order of the Japanese government.