on 26 July 2008
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.
on 13 May 2002
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.
on 1 December 2009
If you want to know about the traditional costume from the era os samurais, you must have this book, its great, because it have great pictures from the outfits, from very types of samurai armors, and other costumes, lady's, fire-fighters, and so on. All costumes have a text and description.