Arms and armor of the samurai: the history of weaponry in ancient Japan Front Cover Ian Bottomley, Anthony Hopson Crescent Books, Jul 20, 1993 - History - 192 pages With introduction by Dr. Y. Sasan. Expertly written and researched history of Japanese weaponry. Traces the rise, development, and demise of the Samurai who dominated Japan for over 700 years. With many previously unpublished photographs. 270 illustrations.
As far back as the seventh century Japanese warriors wore a form of lamellar armor, this armor eventually evolved into the armor worn by the samurai. The first types of Japanese armors identified as samurai armor were known as yoroi. These early samurai armors were made from small individual scales known as kozane.