PHOTOGRAPHER T. ENAMI 江南 信國 Self-Portrait of the Prolific Meiji-era Artist as a Young Man
Photographer T. Enami 江南 信國 Self portrait of the prolific Meiji-era artist as a young man. February 17, 2009 was Enami's 150th birthday anniversary. Most of the photos in this album were taken by him. Enami was also an official photographer for National Geographic.
Seppuku (or as it’s commonly known “harakiri”) is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. As part of the samurai bushido honor code, seppuku was used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor rather than fall into the hands of their enemies (and likely suffer torture), as a form of capital punishment for samurai who had committed serious offenses, or performed for other reasons that had brought shame to them.
Samurai executioner, beheading was the most common form of capital punishment in Japan. The criminal kneeled on a mat placed in front of a rectangular pit about 2 or 3 feet deep. He was usually blindfolded and stretched his head over the pit, the executioner whisked off the wretched man’s head at one blow. He was a well known practitioner with a very tolerable income. He received some 7 ichiboos (about $2.30) per head, and had taken off as many as 350 heads in a 12 months.