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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Condottiero Magno wrote:
Were you describing the Japanese text or the uneven English caption?

Aside from the illustrations and a few pages of information, I hadn't known about, the two volumes are somewhat of a disappointment - better presented in the the Saga of the Samurai series - and some of the material seemed like nonsense.


The Japanese.

The English translations in the books aren't the best, which might account for some of the 'nonsense'. It's pretty much entry level stuff, but a decent quick reference for a non-arms/armor specialist.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
The jinbaori and the rare horse armour were expensive luxury item, worn to show the wealth and status of the owner in camp. The owner would not risk having them damaged in combat.

I know that films and TV series often show samurai in combat with jinbaori, but if a battle was about to take place, the owner would take off the jinbaori and the rare horse armour. I remember a discussion years ago that mentioned a Hojo samurai appearing in camp in horse armour, then removing the horse armour as he was about to go into battle.

All around the world as firearms began to dominate the battlefield, horse armour was an obsolete item. It was the same in Japan.
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