figure in the photo wears a set of red-lacquered "aka-gusoku"
armor which was used originally by the vassals who served the house of
the Ii family which was the daimyo in Hikone domain (now part of Shiga
armor is called "Akazonae-no gusoku."
Naosuke (1815-60) who was "Tairo =(great elder)" of the
Togugawa shogunate (1603-1867) was effectively the director of Japan for
from 1985 through 60. >From
the time of Ii Naosuke, the daimyo of Hikone domain, Each generation of
the samurai who belonged to the family continued to wear the "aka-gusoku"
fought on the battlefield so bravely that the armor became well-known as
the "Akazonae of Ii." The
samurai in the photo carries a red "hata-sashimono", which is
the small marking flag and decoration which the samurai put in the back
of armor (armor) etc. The
"doh (= trunk)", an armor which covers breast and abdomen, is
so-called "Okegawa-doh." The
"Kusazuri" protector is in the form of "Shira-ito-odoshi-no
Kebiki", of which is made of board and griddle with one thread for
every step that there is no crevice in width.
the samurai wears "Tosei-sode (=present world sleeve)" É"Hitai-ate"
protector,"Kote" protector, "Haidate" protector ,"Wakibiki"
protecto and ,"Ho-o-ate" protector.
helmet is on the "Gusoku-bitsu" container.
the "Kabuto" helmet was suitable for defense at the time of a
battle, since trouble was caused to action, practically, the "Hitai-ate"
protecotr was used. It
is quite rare too see the original "Hitai-ate" protectors and
the original "Wakibiki" protectors existing now.