Fascinating Colorized Photos of the last Samurai Living in 19th Century Japan

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Whether it’s Vikings, Roman Centurions or Samurais, we do love watching our old-timey combat. There is just something way cooler about how men fought back in the day. The Samurai, in particular, sparks our imagination.

They were once Japan’s highest social class, remembered for their fearsome fighting skills and immortalized in popular culture since their demise at the end of the 19th century. They lived by the sword and their code of honer called Bushido, which emphasized martial fearlessness, discipline and loyalty, as well as general kindness…

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This awesome series discovered and colorized by Retronaut show real Samurai warriors taken in the decades before the warrior class was outlawed and dissolved in 1868 and provide an authentic insight into military life in pre-modern Japan.

Samurai Armor with horse wearing a horned dragon mask.

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While “samurai” is a strictly masculine term, the Japanese bushi class did feature women who received similar training in martial arts. These women were known to participate in combat along with their male counterparts.

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