It is a fascinating story about a Japanese samurai of the 19th century. About their life and ritual called seppuku.
Read it, because who wrote this obviously knows the truth of the samurai.
The word "samurai" was familiar to every Soviet man since childhood as a synonym for "Japanese militarists." It is clearly associated with a phrase from the song "and flew down samurai under the pressure of steel and fire." Who were the samurai really? In the narrow and most frequently used meaning the term meant the military-feudal class of small nobility in Japan. It was an analogue of the medieval European knights, albeit very dissociated. Officially, the samurai class was abolished during the Meiji reforms 1867-68 years., But the culture of the samurai, samurai spirit and the "code of honor" were in demand during the ensuing decades of military construction until the 1945 surrender of the samurai is definitely one of the highlights symbols of cultural and historical identity of Japan. Therefore, Felice Beato and other early photographers have paid considerable attention to the last "real" as a part of the samurai of feudal outgoing nature. I would even say that they have reached the limits of naturalism, capturing the performance of the ritual "harakiri»:
Who knows what he reads?
Principality of Satsuma samurai who fought on the side of the emperor in the Boshin War period, 1860:
Samurai in Armour, 1890 .: