Japanese Soldier, 67th Regiment, Hamamatsu, 1912.
This is a soldier of the 67th Regiment, photographed in Hamamatsu in 1912 according to the writing on the back, and thus between the end of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. He wears a dark-blue uniform that was replaced by khaki for field dress.
Click here and here for close-ups, and here for a view of this photo's Japanese writing on the back. Hamamatsu is considered he "middle of Japan," being halfway between the big cities of Tokyo and Osaka.
Page by Mark Conrad, 2008.