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Posted on 06/09/2013 12:00:06 AM PDT by TexGrill
Tomoko Nishida / The Yomiuri Shimbun OSAKA--At the main tower of Osaka Castle, a crowd gathers in front of one of the historical sites most popular displays--five beautifully crafted kabuto helmets. Kabuto helmets are an essential part of traditional Japanese armor.
The five at the castle are faithful replicas of kabuto worn by some of the most famous samurai who served under Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the late 16th century.
One decorated with deer horns is a replica of a helmet worn by Sanada Yukimura, and another with buffalo horns was for Goto Matabei. A kabuto in the shape of eboshi, a type of headgear worn by court nobles, was modeled after one of Kato Kiyomasas helmets.
But according to castle staff, the main attraction is a kabuto that is said to have been a favorite of Toyotomi Hideyoshi himself.
The 60-centimeter-high helmet, named Barin Ushirodatetsuki Kabuto, is adorned with crafted leaves of barin, a type of iris. Twenty-nine leaves, each resembling a sword, are attached to the helmet to create a halo similar to those seen in Buddhist statues.
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I used to live about 4 miles from Osaka Castle. Used to walk by it every night from work (from Kyobashi station to Fukaebashi). Could have taken the subway, but I loved the walk home.
My favorite “samurai place” is north of Kurama-dera where Yoshimitsu trained. It’s a beautiful place.
I’ve hiked most of the Kansai area (Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe) and the whole area is a “samurai place”. You run into small, rain-weathered stones on the trail with offerings, inevitably to some samurai that fought and died there. It’s humble compared to Tokugawa’s helmet, etc. but it does make you think.
My gave is Himeiji castle —wow...!