Shinzuko Maresuke, wife of Nogi, on the day of her suicide. Her only two children, sons had been killed int he Russo-Japanese war. Her husband suicided on the day of the Emperor Meiji's funeral,a nd she did too, after him. She died bravely, even more so as she did not believe in an afterlife, inferred from her last poem.
1920s Postcard Wilhelm II, German Emperor Saluted by Army General Nogi Maresuke at Germany , Mainz Photo
Nogi, the horse isprobably the one given to him by the Russian officer Stoessel. Nogi handed it in. properly, to the authorites who gave it back to him in Japan. he named it Kotobuki which means Long Life, and rode every day.
Nogi washing at the Russo-Japanese war. If his men had to wash outside in cold water, so did he, although as an officer he could have had heated water in a private room.