23 September 2019
  The Iwai school is one of the oldest documented schools for the construction of samurai armor, kabuto and menpo. The first known Iwai armorer  is...
11 September 2019
5 things to know about samurai helmets 1. Bachi and kabuto A samurai helmet is called kabuto. Its main part is the iron bowl, called hachi or bachi...
15 July 2019
  The Yukinoshita family was from Aizu, a province controlled by the Ashina samurai clan, in north-east Japan. Originally lantern-makers, from 16th...
08 July 2019
  On a kabuto we can generally see ornaments of various kind, called tatemono (literally "standing things"). Among them, the maedate (front...
01 July 2019
The Myochin school has been the most active family of samurai armor makers. Thank to the wide diffusion of their branches all over Japan, they...
17 June 2019
Before buying a menpo, or samurai mask, it is probably better to know some basic concepts. With the term "menpo" we generally indicate the face...

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