Oh look, it's just a bunch of real samurai, chilling out with their katanas in front of the Sphinx. No big deal.
Yesterday we looked at the bizarre occasion a gang of 19th-century baseball players threw baseballs at the Sphinx. Today — thanks to a tip from io9 reader Alexander — we turn back the clock to 1864, when a group of Japanese emissaries on a diplomatic mission to Europe posed for a photo in Giza, decked out in their full samurai regalia. Explains archaeologist Nicholas Reeves of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of this shot by photographer Antonio Beato: