kimi wo inoru michi ni isogeba kamigaki ni haya toki tsugete tori mo nakunari
having risen early to pray for his majesty I hear the cock crow passing on my way as the shrine gate rises
The postcard’s subject is standing next to the statue of Ōmura Masujirō (大村 益次郎, 1824-1869) at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Ōmura is regarded as the father of the modern Japanese military, and his statue was one of the first in a western style to be erected in Japan.
Postcard, illustrated by Matsumoto Morimasa