A samurai in armour, Japan, 1882. A photograph from Labor and Porcelain in Japan, by the United States Consul-General, Yokohama, 1882. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

A samurai in armour, Japan, 1882. A photograph from Labor and Porcelain in Japan, by the United States Consul-General, Yokohama, 1882. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

Photographs of the Samurai of Japan in the 19th century, taken between 1863 and 1900. These vintage hand-colorized photographs unveil the last samurai, whose class was outlawed and dissolved in 1868 with the restoration of the Meiji era and the end of feudalism.

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Japanese samurai warriors, 1900. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Japanese samurai warriors, 1900. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

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Photographs of the Samurai of Japan in the 19th century, taken between 1863 and 1900. These vintage hand-colorized photographs unveil the last samurai, whose class was outlawed and dissolved in 1868 with the restoration of the Meiji era and the end of feudalism. Image                     Save