book review: arms and armor of the samurai

Arms and Armor of the Samurai by Bottomley and Hopson was a big coffee table sized book about Japanese weaponry through history. I’ve been watching samurai movies recently and knew I didn’t know much about the history. This was a fine introduction, though I didn’t really care about all the intircacies of how these armours were made. I just wanted some idea of what things were made of and why their armour looks so different from European armour of what I assumed were similar periods. And I got a bit of an explanation of what forging a sword actually entails and why katanas are curved (and how they weren’t prime battle weapons) and the role of lacquer and European guns. Hurrah.

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