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164 - Imperial Army Officer in the period of the Meiji Restoration in sansai-baori(vest).
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1. ketsuki-jingasa
2. sodejirushi
3. sansai-baori
4. tekoh
5. kyahan
6. katana
7. muchi
8. Yoshitsune-bakama
In order to use the European and the American arms, the military system was reformed in the Meiji Restoration period. First, the soldiers of the Tokugawa shogunate for a battery copied the style of foreign country after the trade agreements concluded between the shogunate and five nations: the United States, Russia, the Netherlands, Great Britain and France in the Ansei period. The military uniform of the Western style was worn even by the officers of the army of Tokugawa shogunate. The army of the shogunate determined that the set of the "sogidode-baori" jacket and the "danbukuro" trousers as the military uniform in the second year of Keio period. The military uniform of the government of the Meiji Restoration was much the same as that of the shogunate.   The figure in the phot wears the uniform of Imperial army officer: The cloth of "nishiki" which shows the Imperial army and the sign on which a unit's name is described, are attached on the left upper arm,. As for the bottom line, he wears not a "danbukuro" trousers, but a "hakama" trousers with "suso-tsuyu"; he also wears a pair of "kyahan" leg-protector and "waraji" straw sandals. This is the military costume of Imperial army which was on duty in Yamaguni-mura in Kitakuwata-gun of Tanba, the northern area of Kyoto prefecture.