Felice Beato, “Japanese officer in state dress”, hand colored albument print, Japan, ca. 1864, Yakunins were samurais having official positions in the Tokugawa shogunate. In the late days of shogunate, just before the Meiji restoration, the social agitation was great, yakunins like this one were sent by the Shogun to protect the foreigners in Yokohama.
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