Category Archives: Samurai Armor

Japanese Samurai: Superstars…Or Something

If you have seen the Tom Cruise movie The Last Samurai, you may think that being a samurai was all fun and games.  While there was an element of that, being one of these famous warriors was not completely glamorous.  … Continue reading

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Japanese Warriors and Their Armor: And Oda Nobunaga Was His Name-O

Oda Nobunaga was a trouble-maker from the start. Born in 1534 as the son of the lord of the Owari province in Japan, he came to power at age 15 after his father’s death. Scandal began immediately as Nobunaga’s behavior … Continue reading

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Japanese Warriors and Their Armor

With Friends like Takeda Shingen, Who Needs Enemies? When your friends/enemies/frenemies’ nickname for you is “Tiger,” watch out – you are a BAMF to the nth degree… as was the “Tiger of Kai,” a famous Japanese military leader by the … Continue reading

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My Armor’s Turning Japanese, I Really Think So

Not to be outdone by their European counterparts, the warriors of Japan decided to blacksmith their way into the armor game around the 4th century A.D. The first samurai armor cuirass was called “tanko,” maybe because it made the samurai … Continue reading

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