Japan, Travel

侍 (Samurai)

It was snowing and freezing cold; walking around the dark castle in Matsue was an eerie experience. It always seems to be terrible weather when I go to Matsue-jo but walking up the tight steps through layers of history is an incredible glimpse into the past. Matsue-jo is one of 12 castles still surviving in Japan and one of the oldest and best preserved and can be seen from almost every part of town.

Full suits of samurai armour now sit behind glass yet they still seem somehow alive. The detail in the helmets, masks and body panels is amazing; beautiful and terrifying in equal measures…

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6 thoughts on “侍 (Samurai)

    • Thanks for stopping by, and for the comment. Actually, although they look cumbersome, compared to western battle-gear of a similar era, the samurai armour was designed more around flexibility and speed. Leather and fabrics were naturally a much much lighter alternative to chain-mail and metal panelling suits. The samurai were incredibly fast and agile.

  1. What great pictures.

    They certainly are amazing pieces of armour. Looking forward to one day being able to go see them in person. Until then, thanks for letting us live vicariously through your images.

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