Passionate Manufacturer of Wearable Action Samurai Armor: Ichisuke-Hogetsu “一助朋月”

Ichisuke-Hogetsu_一助朋月 Entrance to the Workshop

On the northeastern shore of famous Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture, one can find a certain one-man armor workshop in the city of Nagahama “長浜”. Named after its sole craftsman, Ichisuke Hogetsu, this workshop distinguishes itself through its custom-made wearable Kacchuu (samurai armor). For the last decade Ichisuke crafted for the sake of his customers,…

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Samurai Armor Parts: An Essential Guide to Yoroi Components

Understanding Yoroi–the “Great Armor” of Japan’s ancient samurai–means knowing what makes it authentic. Read our essential guide to samurai armor parts. Samurai Armor Parts: An Essential Guide to Yoroi Components Japanese samurai armor, also known as Katchu, is comprised of the Kabuto (helmet) and O-Yoroi (“great armor”). O-yoroi, or simply Yoroi, first appeared on the…

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