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Kabuto: Japanese Traditional Helmet

Today’s かっこいい lesson is about kabuto, a traditional Japanese helmet used by ancient warriors. The kabuto is also an important part of samurai armor and equipment. ´・ᴗ・`✧
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Basic Parts:

  • Hachi: the dome-like top part covering the top of the head, usually made up of overlapping elongated metal plates. The inside of the hachi has a cloth lining called Ukebari.
  • Tehen kanamono: an ornament fitted into a small opening on top of the hachi called tehen
  • Mabizashi: the visor on the front of the hachi
  • Kasa jirushi no kan: a ring at the back of the hachi for securing a kasa jirushi (helmet flag)
  • Fukigaeshi: wing-like or ear-like projections to the sides of the hachi
  • Shikoro: a suspended neck guard composed of multiple overlapping lames
  • Shinobi-no-o: a cord tied under the chin to secure the kabuto to the head, or to a mengu (facial armor)
  • Maedate: a crest used as a frontal decoration, or a tatemono.

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