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What a Samurai's Armor Says About Him

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What a Samurai's Armor Says About Him

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While foot soldiers relied on the cheapest forms of armor, high ranking Samurai had brightly colored and personalized body armor and helmets.

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Since the eighth century, the Samurai have held a special place in Japanese history and culture. But over the years, legend has obscured the truth about how these elite knights actually lived, loved, fought, and died. Using rare 16th century war documents, we tell the story of a Samurai coming of age during that time. Witness his rise from peasant boy to foot soldier to ruthless warrior, all brought to life through stunning re-enactments and expert testimony from Japanese and martial arts historians.

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