The Costume Museum Kyoto Japan Costume History in Japan
The Edo Period  
156 - Daimyo (domain lord) in yoroi hitatare and jinbaori (vest).
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1 hikitate-eboshi
2 jin-baori
3 yoroi-hitatare-no ue
4 yoroi-hitatare-no hakama
5 wakizashi
6 katana
7 kyahan
8 tsuranuki
During the time from of the last stage of the Edo Shogunate era to the beginning of the Meiji Restoration, the dress in the position of war of the vassal of the high-class Edo Shogunate, the daimyo, and the Imperial court noble was the "hikitate-eboshi" headgear and the "hitatare" dress. According to an existing photo, Nagai Naoyuki, a vassal of the Tokugawa shogunate, wore the costume when he went out for the conquest to the Choshu (=Yamaguchi prefecture) in the first year of Ganji period [1864]. According to a record, when Prince Ninnaji Yoshiaki, the conquest generalissimo inspected a battlefiels in the fourth year of Keio period [1868], he worn a "hitatare" dress of "nishiki" fabrics. A photograph of Matsudaira Katamori, the daimyo of Aizu feudal clan, wearing is also existing a "jinbaori" vest, a "yoroi hitatare" dress, a "gusoku" armor,"kote" hand protectors, "haidate" knee protectors,"suneate" shin guards,and "tsuranuki" leather shoes. Even in the of Meiji era, the costume was used as the uniform for visiting the Imperial court of vassals without any court-ranks. The costume was abolished when the dress code of the westernized "taire-fuku (=full dress)", the Uniform for courtesy worn under the old system at the time of the serious ceremony of the Imperial Court, was determined in the fifth year of Meiji era. The figure in the photo is wearing the original costume of those days.