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  • The Castle Folio

    Full suit of Japanese Samurai armour (Gusoku), 16th to 18th century; Edo period Japanese Lacquered iron, mail, silk, copper-gilt. #FullSuitOfArmor #Armor #History #Japan #Samurai #Japanese #EdoPeriod #Archaeology #AncientHistory #Gusoku #AncientJapan #AncientArmor

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Samurai were the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan; "those who serve in close attendance to the nobility." Philosophies of Buddhism and Zen, and Confucianism and Shinto, influenced the samurai culture. Zen to calm one's mind. Buddhist reincarnation to abandon torture and needless killing, Confucianism to stress the loyalty that a samurai was required to show his lord. Samurais describe themselves as followers of "The Way of the Warrior". Samurai teachings can still be found today.

Japanese samurai helmet and armor. I find it really interesting that the majority of images with samaurais, even artwork, tends to potray these warriors with their faces masked. Is that then the ideal that anyone can acheive this glory? Does that explain why Noboru is so upset that Ryuiji doesn't pursue his glory even though he could? That he gave up the ability to don this hero costume?

Japanese armor for samurai

Kawari Kabuto ~ Kabuto were a prominent and important part of the equipment of the samurai

Two ex-samurai in their old armor. 1870..http://blackberrycastlephotographytm.zenfolio.com/p583897559.

Edo Samurai formal clothing; this low cut at the sides is typical for this type of clothing.