The koto was introduced from China to Japan during the Nara period (710-793) as an instrument of court music (Gagaku).
Japan shippō-yaki design. Three segments of a circular border. Cloisonné enamel. Ornamental design 19th century.
Costumes & customs in Japan by Kazuma Ogawa. Tokyo 1892
“No. I, Iidamachi, Shichome, Kojimachiku, Tokyo, Japan.”
Buddhist Priest and Gentleman of Loo choo.
Seppuku. Ritualized suicide in Japan.
Okinawa, Japan. Loo Choo Chief and his Two Sons.
Japanese Festivals and Holidays
Gentleman of Loo Choo in his Cloak
The Prince of Loo Choo. Ryukyu Islands. Shō-Dynastie. Okinawa Japan.
Japan Samurai. Traditional Process of donning Armor. The process of putting on a full suit of armor. Illustration by Auguste Racinet.