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Saegusa Shigeru before his execution at the Awadaguchi execution grounds outside of Kyoto, he was beheaded and his head was put on public display (sarashikubi) for his involvement in the attack on the delegation of the British Consul-General in Japan (Sir Harry Smith Parkes) to the Meiji Emperor, February 1868.

Japanese great businessman - Soichiro Honda (本田 宗一郎 November 17, 1906 – August 5, 1991) was a Japanese engineer and industrialist. In 1948, he established Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and oversaw its expansion from a wooden shack manufacturing bicycle motors to a multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer. "Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure."

Hidashida Sadakata after his execution at the Awadaguchi execution grounds outside of Kyoto, he was beheaded and his head was put on public display (sarashikubi) for his involvement in the attack on the delegation of the British Consul-General in Japan (Sir Harry Smith Parkes) to the Meiji Emperor, February 1868.

Maiogi 1910 A Maiogi is a dancing fan. This is quite a commonly reproduced image from around 1910. I think that she must be Hangyoku (Young Geisha) because of the long sleeves and highly patterned kimono. She doesn't look to be Maiko (Kyoto Apprentice).

COOPERS POUNDING WOVEN BAMBOO STRAPPING ONTO GIANT BARRELS in OLD JAPAN by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr. One of about thirty-five large half-tone images --- originally photographed in 3-D ca.1898 by T. ENAMI --- illustrating the JAPAN article by WALTER WESTON in the multi-volume, best-selling PEOPLES OF ALL NATIONS (1922).

Basket-headed Komuso, members of a Zen Buddhist sect who went from door to door asking people for alms. In exchange, they would offer to bless the homes and rid them of evil spirits.