Great post by a Japanese specialist about an exhibition of Japanese armour. It’s only on till Sunday and I won’t be able to make it, so Fran has kindly allowed me to reblog it.
I expect your idea of armour is the kind of solid, clanking metal suit you might find nowadays standing in the hall at a stately home. Effective, but heavy and unwieldy. Or maybe lighter, more flexible chain mail – a great step forward. But in Japan they went further. To enable samurai to ride, shoot arrows and use a sword, they developed a lightweight armour in which metal or leather scales were bound together with string. Doesn’t sound too effective? You’d be surprised.
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