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    Armor for samurai (Tokyo National Museum): photo by mikography.com, via Flickr

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    Family crests similar to European Heraldry but cleaner lines, simplicity, and originality.

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    Samurai Warrior Parade, Nikko Spring Festival, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

    An archer dressed in traditional samurai garb displays Yabusame (archery while on horseback). Japan.

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    Mounted samurai.

    Japanese samurai helmet in details

    This is an example of a mask worn by samurai in battle. All the elements fit the many roles of the samurai in feudal Japan. From a social perspective, the decorative designs on the masks indicated their higher class as nobles. From a practical standpoint, the welding of the iron mask to the helmet increased protection from glancing blows during combat.

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