Now all the photogs have been chased away, the ceremonies have ended, and here we see the real reason for all the pomp: sword-swinging, head-chopping, flaming-arrow-through-the-heart, bloodthirsty melee.

But as is typical when two well-matched armies face each other, the battle may come to a stand still, and you need to call for reinforcements.

Next photo: give us the guns!

All Out War

Ed's Photos of Japan

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