I have to admit to you that I am feeling more and more like a samurai in 1876.
The Hatorei edict of 1876, which forbid the wearing of swords by all non-governmental employees in public, was the last of a set of decrees over the years 1870-1876 that had slowly whittled away the status and income of samurai as samurai. Western dress and industry was valued while the traditional old ways were not. First dress, then hereditary military service, then income were all changed.
It is not as if the samurai were left without options, of course. The Meiji government clearly encouraged them to throw themselves into the new order of things with abandon, which many did. They were encouraged to find new roles in industry, forestry, agriculture, and education. And many did - 23% of businessmen in the 1880's were from the former samurai class and 35% in the 1920's.
But others, of course did not make the change, whether from inability, unwillingness, or an attachment to the old ways and days that simply were not returning. They fought - and perished - from the years 1874 to 1877, the most famous of these The Satsuma Rebellion (idealized in the Tom Cruise movie "The Last Samurai").
Herein, perhaps, remains the path that is left to me: to be in world but not a part of its wars of words and deeds and policies, accepting by exception not default those things - be they items, objects, systems, or beliefs - are touted as "the way things are now".
The traditional martial arts and crafts survived. Imperial Japan, based on the new Meiji Order, did not.