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Samurai Armor - An extraordinarily complex construction of craftsmanship and beauty

Updated: Aug 29, 2018

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A suit of 'samurai' armor is typically made up of many small parts and a wide variety of materials. Steel, leather, and wood typically from the protective plating, which may be composed of many small selections laced together using leather or silk cord. Lacquer is then applied over the parts to hide the construction beneath a smooth, glossy surface. The leg and arm guards might be made from chain link or plating, stitched to richly decorated silks and leathers. The addition of finely wrought details such as monograms, fasteners, and ornaments, often in gold and contrasting colors, makes the entire costume a luxurious fashion statement as well as effective protection.

The 'samurai' were an elite military class of soldiers and officials. They were retained by feudal lords called 'daimyo 大名' from whose ranks rose many of the leaders, known as Shoguns, who effectively ruled Japan between 1192 and 1868.

Samurai means one who serves, and members of the samurai caste followed a strict code of conduct known as 'bushido 武士道', or the way of the warrior. Wearing the correct armor and carrying the right weapons were vital aspects of being a samurai.

The samurai warrior typically carried two swords. Different styles were popular at different times, but during the Edo period (1600-1868) the long 'katana 刀' and shorter companion sword known as a 'wakizashi 脇差' were most commonly worn.

This is the ultimate cosplay.

Without practicing 'bushido' you can easily become the present age 'samurai', if you want. You can become Toyotomi Hideyosi, Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, Kuroda Nagamasa... Just choose either a studio shooting course or Shibuya street shooting. However, the samurai armor that you wear is genuine, not a paper-made, not a plastic-made. It takes about 10 months for a craftsman to compete a suite. Try this unique experience.


Studio shooting JPY13,000 per person

Max. 5 persons at one time. It takes about 1 hour.

You will receive all photo data in the SD card.

Reservation required.

Shibuya street shooting from JPY30,000 per person

1 person JPY30,000, 2 persons JPY40,000, 3 persons JPY50,000, 4 persons JPY60,000,

5 persons JPY70,000

After the studio shooting, you will be able to walk in the streets of Shibuya and we will take as many photos as you wish.

Max. 5 persons at one time. It takes about 2 hours.

Your will receive all photo data in the SD card.

Reservation required.

Include this unique experience in Tokyo when you travel to Japan next time. We will suggest a plan that's perfect for you. For reservation, please contact Travel Kids Co., Ltd.

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