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Samurai: Arms, Armour and Costume Hardcover – 31 May 2007


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Compendium Publishing (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905573413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905573417
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.2 x 31.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,439,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mitsuo Kure graduated from medical school in 1972 and became a surgeon based in Tokyo. His lifelong interest in samurai began at an early age, when he began constructing historically accurate models of samurai figures. Later, with the assistance on Togo Ryu, a well-known Japanese historical novelist, he began to reconstruct full-size samurai armor and started what is now one of the premier re-enactment groups in Japan. His group is currently one of the leading organisers of samurai battle re-enactments in Japan.

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After AD 794, when the Japanese imperial capital moved from Nara to Kyoto, the aristocracy enjoyed some 150 years of prosperity under the imperial regime. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tozer on 26 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a fun read. If you are interested in the Japanese Samurai, their tactics, diplomacy and role in shaping history, this book is for you.

It is an excellent overview of these warriors, covering details of key eras, critical battles and important clans that shaped Japan's history, complete with wonderful coloured illustrations, battle maps and diagrams of campaigns.

Also covered are detailed illustrations of Samurai armour, their design and terminology as well as their equipment and weapons.

This is not a book for historians, but if you are looking to understand and read about the Japanese samurai, this should be the first book you buy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
This gorgeously illustrated book feels somewhat like an expansion from Mitsuo Kure's previous work - The Samurai recreated in colour photograhs.
The book follows a similar format with many photos of re-enactors wearing copies of armour from the period being discussed. There is, however, a lot more detail in the text and even more photos to study.
For re-enactors there's thousands of little details that may help with the construction and wearing of kit. For modellers there's photos showing virtually every pose imaginable.
My only complaint is the relative lack of attention to the common troops. A massive amount of space is given over to the 'art' and 'treasure' types of armours, not enough to the the armour of those lower down the social scale. A lot of this can probably be explained by the festivals and gatherings where many of the photos come from.
This is a serious 'must buy' for anyone interested in recreating or modelling Japanese armours and equipment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K-Bone Wallace on 29 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
My dad bought this book for me a couple of years ago and it really opened my eyes. For those of you not familiar with the true nature of the Samurai I implore you to read this book. There are so many myths and falshoods attached to them that their exploits are constantly being misunderstood. I cannot praise this book highly enough.
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