Multcolib Picks: Samurai! Japanese Armament
Annotation:Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture and pageantry of the samurai, the revered and feared warriors of Japan — from one of the finest and most comprehensive collections in the world.
Annotation:Sections on armor, swords, and polearms provide historical information, colorful illustrations, and diagrams with terminology.
Annotation:Primarily a catalogue of arms and armor in European collections, it also contains line drawing diagrams of samurai armor. Four pages of diagrams show the order in which armor was put on the samurai.
Annotation:Packed with detailed information about samurai swords, this book covers all eras and even has a chapter on the creation of a Japanese sword.
Annotation:Featuring the art of iaido — drawing, cutting with, then sheathing the sword — this book also covers the topics of classical training and ethics.
Annotation:Beautiful photographs of and clear architectural information about Japanese castles can be found here, but it also includes a map and guide that tourists would find useful. Many castles in Japan also serve as museums and have arms and armor on display within.
Annotation:Replete with lovely illustrations, this book by Turnbull provides a nice overview of the topic and has a chapter for tourists who may want to visit one of these architectural marvels.
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Explore the tools and strongholds of Japan’s samurai warriors. Focus first on the katana, the samurai sword, then learn about naginata, yari, yumi, and jutte. See variations of Japanese armor masks, meant to intimidate the enemy while protecting the warrior. Finish with views of Japan’s surviving wooden castles, set atop hand-laid stone bases. This list supplements the Samurai! exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, October 5, 2013-January 12, 2014.