"Aaaahh!" is not the war cry of these warriors, but the sound I am making in trying to beat them across the river so I can turn around and take a photo.

One of the favorite moments of the battle is when this war party, out on patrol and returning to find the battle in full tilt, crosses the river bravely and joins the fray.

This band of warriors, so brave and unheedful of the danger, are expected to be the heroes of the day. But do heroes always win the battle?

Next photo: dead but not...

All Out War

Ed's Photos of Japan

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