We’re off to see an Ancient Japanese Emperor for this week’s image of the week… 

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The image is of Emperor Jimmu. He was the First Emperor of Japan, and apparently reigned from 660 BC, until he died at the age of 126 in 585BC. The truth is though, that it is not clear whether Jimmu really existed as there’s a lack of real proof. Indeed, he is shrouded in legend!

This picture from Tsukioka Yoshitoshi from around 1880 is fascinating. It shows the sun beaming down on a powerful looking Jimmu, with a bird atop his stick and a man kneeling beside him.


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George Levrier-Jones

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