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Published on 06.07.2016
Samurai culture has always been fascinating and mysterious, particularly because of the unique armor designs and the deep history in which it is rooted. Each army, or even general could have his own set of unique armor, as well as those directly under him. Other than being intricately designed, the armor served well in their purpose, to defend the person wearing it. The sloped, plated design helped really well against the cutting edge of a katana’s blade and deflected arrows that rained from above to some extent. Unfortunately, as described in the video, the armor wasn’t good enough to protect against bullets, eventually making them redundant. Too much effort went into making armor and since they could hold out against newer weaponry, they phased out. Also, the guns of the time were heavy and so was armor. Getting rid of the armor would make it easier for soldiers to carry around the guns giving generals all the more reason to forego the armor. Regardless, the craftsmanship required to make these sets of armor would have been extraordinary. To create such detailed designs with precision would have taken years of practice. The shortness of the people at that time could have been attributed to the diet of the soldiers. Not much meat and proper nutrients as Japan is an Island nation but at that time did not have the benefit of importing food. Even so, height would have not played a major role other than intimidation, as any man with a good set of armor and a sharp blade would have no need to tower over enemies.