Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 6
One other point - not middling in the circumstances. Toyama Mitsuru is in the center, flanked by his disciple Uchida Ryohei and Deguchi. Sitting position in these formal portraits is always a clear message.
BTW - I can't remember the name, but one of the eight men (at least one!) in the photos of the Deguchi adventurers in Mongolia was a member of the Japanese intelligence services. Time and time again, the gov't used eccentric organizations as (using Fred's phrase) - "cat's paws" to get entry into an area. Then, if they were shot up, or they successfully executed an incident or even a coup d'etat, the gov't could then move in to impose order. Manchuria was taken over by just this means, and the (relatively) idealistic Ishihara Kanji then sidelined by pragmatists after the Kwantung Army took over Manchuko "on it's own."