Japanese armour in Kensington

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.

Sequins and Cherry Blossom

Usagi Juku armourI 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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