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To the Readers of My Posts on Taiga Drama in English

Men's Fashion in the 16th Century Japan


Today I write about the helmets in the 16th century Japan. Like other countries, helmet was essential to the battles or wars in Japan. Helmet worn in the wars is called "kabuto" in Japanese.

Around the 11th century, samurai in northern Japan wore round kabuto. In "Homura Tatsu", Abe no Sadatō (Takehiro Murata, right), son of Abe no Yoritoki who has a power in northern Japan wears a round kabuto (*) and fur. He talks with Fujiwara no Tsunekiyo (Ken Watanabe).


In Kamakura period, the crest and fukigaeshi, wing-like projections of both sides became larger and more gorgeous. Ashikaga Takauji (Hiroyuki Sanada) in "Taiheiki" wears the typical kabuto in the 14th century, medieval days in Japan.


At the end of the 15th century, so-called Sengoku period began. In the age of civil wars, many samurais made armours including kabutos suit to their tastes. Obu Toramasa (Akio Kaneda) in "Furin Kazan" wears red armour.


Baba Nobuharu (Kazuya Takahashi) wears a kabuto with a metallic crest and jinbaori. Jinbaori was a sleeveless haori and used against the coldness in battlefield.


Usami Sadamitsu (Ken Ogata), one of the vassals of the Uesugi Kenshin or Masatora also wears a kabuto with a metal crest. The flag behind him is one of the standards of Kenshin.

Yamamoto Kansuke (Seiyō Uchino), main character of "Fūrin Kazan" wears a dark kabuto with a crest in the shape of "yama" in Chinese letters. "Yama" is after his family name Yamamoto. And he wears black robe that is alike to shawl instead of jinbaori.  It is a kind of clerical garment because he is an ostensible priest.


Takeda Shingen (ICHIKAWA Kamejirō) wears "Suwa Hosshō kabuto" that is like mane. He wears red shawl instead of jinbaori as he is an ostensible also.


Murakami Yoshikiko (Toshiyuki Nagashima) wears a kabuto with a crescent-shaped crest. Date Masamune or Yamanaka Shikanosuke, vassal of the Amago clan also wore the kabutos with this kind of crest.


The crest of the kabuto of Sanada Yukitaka (Kuranosuke Sasaki) is six coins, family crest of his clan.


And Masato Sakai who plays the role of Sanada Yukimura, grandson of Yukitaka in "Sanada Maru" wears red armour. Like his grandfather's, the crest of his kabuto is six coins and is decorated with antlers.


(*) The round kabuto was regarded as old-fashioned or rustic one at that time.

The images are form the DVD series of "Homura Tatsu", "Taiheiki", "Fūrin Kazan" and "Sanada Maru".

(Revised on the 21st of July 2018)


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To those who read the post on Taiga Drama in English 12 "Taiheiki" and "Homura Tatsu"

I write about three Taiga Drama series, "Onna Joshu Naotora", "Samada Maru" and "Furin Kazan" now. I will finish the posts on "Sanada Maru" soon and the broadcast of "Onna Joshu Naotora" will end on the 17th of December.

Hiroyuki Sanada as Ashikaga Takauji in "Taiheiki"

I plan to post the episodes on "Sego-don", a new series that is to be broadcast next year in parallel with those of "Furin Kazan". And I also plan to write about "Taiheiki", a chronology of the Middle Ages mentioned in the post about hitatare and "Homura Tatsu", the nine-month series that describes Oshu Fujiwara clan, a powerful family from the ancient times to the Middle Ages in northern Japan. If possible, I'd like to introduce "Mori Motonari" that describes a daimyo who hold supremacy in the Chugoku region in the 16th century also. 

Ken Watanabe as Fujiwara no Tsunekiyo in "Homura Tatsu"

Especially the series produced and broadcast from 1980s to 1990s are excellent and still attract many viewers. So the fans of such traditional series tend to regard recent ones are not Taiga Drama series but cosplay or modern dramas set in the Sengoku period or Tokugawa shogunate. I think it's true in a sence and hope the producers and scriptwriters will go back to the basics in the near future.

The images are from the DVD series of "Taiheiki" and "Homura Tatsu".

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