Roku Tonbo Yoroi
六 トンボ 鎧

(Six Dragonfly Armory)
 
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  This page is dedicated to the memory of Date Saburou Yukiie and the work he did as an armoror in the Society for Creative Anachronism.  It is also the place where his work is being continued, by his apprentice Date Rokurou Yoshimitsu.   
         
  Misson of Roku Tonbo Yoroi  
  The mission of Roku Tonbo Yoroi is simple, provide quality SCA Japanese Armor at reasonable prices.  Below can be found various armors that can be purchased, either piece by piece, or complete suits (Head to Toe).

I only do complete builds, NO DO-IT-YOURSELF KITS.
That means, I will not cut out, drill, then send the pieces for you (the customer) to complete.
See Ordering Policy


It is my wish to show the Knowne World the beauty of Japanese Armor, but within the confines of SCA Heavy Combat. 
 I can also adapt any armor to be used for SCA Fencing or Cut and Thrust. 
Please spend a few moments, and browse my wares.  If you see something you would like to purchase, please email me at: 

rokutonboyoroi@mutsu-no-kuni.com.   Date Rokurou Yoshimitsu
 
         
  Introduction from the Past 
Original introduction from Date Saburou Yukiie from the early 1990s when he was known as Kaminari Date.
 
  "Unto the populace of the Knowne World do I bid greetings.

Konnichi wa.
In the Hagakure, a collection of the writings of the Samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo, it is said that '...one must first account for all of the armor of one's station in life before it may be properly displayed.' In this respect I humbly ask to be of service, and to provide for your armor needs.

Irrasaimasse!
I am Kaminari Date Tengu no Kami no Togoku, an SCA member (both active and inactive) for ten years. Originally an East Kingdom-Debatable Lands native, I have been traveling far and wide in search of the knowledge of my chosen art. I actually lived in the Japans, there studying for three years traditional Kendo under Sensei Ishikawa Oshiro, and scouring through book vendors and libraries, from Hokkaido to the Ryukus. I now offer some of the results of my quest.

Fully armored Samurai wore several pieces of armor typically protecting their entire bodies - a Kabuto (Helmet), Menpo (Facial armor), an Eruwa or Nodowa (Throat armor), a Do with Sode (Body and Shoulder armor), Kote (Armored sleeves), Haidate (Thigh armor), and finally, Suneate (for their shins).  The style depended on the current period, individual taste and economic means, social position, rank, and the dictates of ones [Daimyo].  The more prominent the individual the more elaborate their equipment was likely to be.

Herein are several versions of period armor worthy of Court and Combat, rendered for you in the Japanese styles.
 
Historically, armor was lacquered not only as a measure against rust, but for strength and decoration.  Lacquer colors were made from natural materials in browns and black, and was sometimes overlaid with vermillion, gold, or silver powders.  The lacing that bound the plates together was either of a single color, or combinations of white, pale or bright blue, yellow, green, red, brown, and black.  Some combinations were historically restricted; for instance, milkan (orange) was the Buddhist color, and beni (a bright scarlet) was reserved for the Five Regent Families until the Meiji Reformation, in the 1870s, on the basis of it being too expensive and beyond the means of normal subjects.  I therefore will not render any harness in those schemes.  I do this for artistic and historical reverence.

Gomen nasai.
Except in the case of squad level issued equipment, armor should reflect the personality and taste of the wearer.  I keep records of each buyer's purchase that they may order matching equipment in the future, yet have little fear of meeting their exact duplicate on the Field of Battle.  I will try to work with you to your complete satisfaction."                Kaminari Date aka Date Saburou Yukiie, 1990s.

Date Saburou Yukiie, circa 1990s.
Founder of Roku Tonbo Yoroi.
 
     
  Introduction  
     
  All armor is built using patterns and instructions from www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/index.html.

Lacing that is used for the armor can come from either, www.lacesforless.com (I will use either the wide laces or the athletic laces, customer choice) or from, www.welovecolors.comshop/SolidColorLaces54inch.htm (which offers a wide variety of colors, especially various gradiations/shades of colors, which are used for different lacing designs).

Armor construction material choices include (except for the Kabuto), ABS, HDPE Sheet (not Barrels), or Steel.  My personal armor is built from 3/16" ABS and have had only one plate crack (lower plate on a sode), but I was fighting outside in December while it was snowing.  Prices reflect current material costs, and can change at any time.

All armor pieces that have fabric are armored.  That means, they contain plates or scales in their construction.  I will not make foam filled pieces.  I will not do it, so don't ask.

Complete suits of armor (head to toe) can be purchased at a combined reduced price.  Prices will be quoted at time of inquiry.  Length of time to completion can, and will, increase to 6 months or more, depending on the suit desired.

*Shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer*, and are through UPS or FedEx. 
 
All armor is shipped in double thickness cardboard boxes due to the weight of the armor pieces, especially the Kabuto (which will be zip tied to a thin hardboard insert inside the box to keep it from shifting around during shipping). 
 
         
  Armor

 
  Kabuto
かぶと
 
  The Kabuto is Japanese for Helmet and it can come in many forms.  The basic form is the multiplate.  It can be as simple as haveing only 8 plates, or as many as 120 plates.  I offer 8 and 16 plate versions, and will be working on creating a 32 plate in the future.  There is also a Zunari which has only 4 plates and the Kittate which combines both the multiplate and zunari styles.  I offer all of them, below.   
       
  All kabuto include the steel to build them, paint (black, dark brown, red), lacquer finish, and lacing of the shikoro. I will deviate from the three paint color choices, but I will NOT do blue, white, or any color that was not done prior to 1600C.E. 

All Kabuto are built as though they would have exisited prior to 1600C.E., so proper throat protection (Guruwa/Gorget) with cervical protection needs to be worn.  I would also suggest attaching upper chest protection to the front of the Guruwa/Gorget, as well.

Lacing of the shikoro can be done in Sugake Odoshi or Kebiki Odoshi.  The lacing should match the lacing of the rest of the armor, but could be a different style as per the wearers preference.  Odoshi styles can be seen below the Dou Section.

* Padding and chin strap are not included, and it is up to the individual customer to do their own.*
 
       
  Please refer to the Ordering Policy when ordering a Kabuto.  Thank you.  
       
  Multiplate, 8 and 16 plate
$375 USD plus Shipping costs
(Shipping through UPS or FedEx)

Multiplate Kabuto are just that, kabuto built with multiple pie shaped plates which form the bowl of the kabuto.  All multiplate kabuto are built from 16ga steel, and come with a bargrill, your choice of shikoro, paint color (black, red, dark brown) and spray lacquer finish.  Displayed to the right are an 8 plate and 16 plate kabuto with hineo-shikoro.  Sizing of the kabuto is based on the wearers head circumference, so that they may fit closer to the head (with the required 1/2" of padding as per SCA armor standards). 
I will work with you, if you want the kabuto to be a bit larger for more padding, or if the kabuto will be used for Heavy and Fencing (making the bargrill removable).

An additional $100 USD is required for any hybrid modifications for Fencing/Cut & Trust.

 
         
                     
Left Picture, 8 plate Kabuto, with a bargrill, and Hineo-shikoro, painted black with the bargrill painted almond.
Customer supplying and lacing the shikoro.
Right Picture, 16 Plate Kabuto, with a bargrill, and Hineo-shikoro, painted expresso with bargrill painted almond.
Customer supplying and lacing the shikoro.
 
         
  Zunari-kabuto
ずなり かぶと
$400 USD plus Shipping costs
(Shipping through UPS or FedEx)

Zunari-kabuto are kubto that are made from two side plates, a ridge plate, a wrapping plate, and a visor (which creates the bowl).  All zunari-kabuto are built from 14ga steel, and come with a bargrill, your choice of shikoro, paint color (black, red, dark brown) and spray lacquer finish. Sizing of the kabuto is based on the wearers head circumference, so that they may fit closer to the head (with the required 1/2" of padding as per SCA armor standards). 
I will work with you, if you want the kabuto to be a bit larger for more padding, or if the kabuto will be used for Heavy and Fencing (making the bargrill removable).

An additional $100 USD is required for any hybrid modifications.
 
         
 
Zunari-Kabuto
 
                              
             Zunari-Kabuto with Bargrill                                            Zunari-Kabuto with Cut & Thrust Mask
 
         
  Kittate no Kabuto
きったて の かぶと
$400 USD plus Shipping costs
(Shipping through UPS or FedEx)

Kittate no Kabuto are a hybrid kabuto and contain elements from both the multiplate and zunari-kabuto, and represent the look of the eboshi (floppy balck cloth hat worn by samurai) when it is flopped back over the head.  All kittate no kabuto are built from 14ga steel, and come with a bargrill, your choice of shikoro, paint color (black, red, dark brown) and spray lacquer finish. Sizing of the kabuto is based on the wearers head circumference, so that they may fit closer to the head (with the required 1/2" of padding as per SCA armor standards). 
I will work with you, if you want the kabuto to be a bit larger for more padding, or if the kabuto will be used for Heavy and Fencing (making the bargrill removable).

An additional $100 USD is required for any hybrid modifications.
 
         
 
Kittate no Kabuto, with bargrill, and Hineo-jikoro, Painted black with Bargrill painted almond, Shikoro laced to match customer's armor.
 
         
  Shikoro Styles
しころ
 
  There are many different styles of Shikoro, which are the plates on the back of the kabuto bowl and protect the neck.  I offer four different style of shikoro; the Ichimanju-jikoro; the Komanju-jikoro, the Etchu-jikoro, and the Hineo-jikoro.  All four can be seen in the pictures below.  
     
                      
From left to right:  Ichimanu-jikoro, Komanju-jikoro, Etchu-jikoro, and Hineo-jikoro
 
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  Nodowa
のどわ
 
  Picture and prices coming soon.  
     

  Dou
どう
 
  The Dou is the main part of the armor and is worn on the torso.  It comes in many different styles the Mogami-do and Haramaki-do being two of the most common.  There is also the Sendai-do, which originated in the Sendai region of Japan, and was a favorite of Date Masamune.  I offer all three, including the Dangae-do which combines two different styles (as far as lacing and scale styles), and the Oyoroi which is a Great Armor.  Armors will have options for lacing styles, kebiki odoshi or sugake odoshi, if they were laced either way.  No matter the style of armor, all will use Tomegawa, or stopping leathers, in their construction.  Tomegawa is what keeps the Dou solid.  Without it, the Dou would accordian when placed on the ground, and not sit up strainght and tall.  All tomegawa will be made of rawhide lacing.
All dou can come in several different hinge configurations.  A typical Mogami-do can be a gomai-do, a rokumai-do, or a nimai-do, just to name a few.  The configurations can be found after the Oyoroi, below.
 
     
  All dou include the material they are to be made from, all lacing, all closure ties, sode ties, and tomegawa (where applicable).  It is highly suggested an obi be obtained and worn with the dou, as it is proper for the dou to be worn with one.  Without an obi, it just doesn't look right.  
     
  Please refer to the Ordering Policy when ordering a Dou.  Thank you.  
     
  Mogami-do
もがみ どう
 
Pricing coming soon

Pictures coming soon
 
   
       
       
  Haramaki-do
はらまき どう

The Haramaki-do is a dou which opens in the back, but does not close all the way, so the spine is exposed.  They were originally retainer armors, but are very popular in the SCA.  Haramaki-do of the 1400s, were of Hon Kozane construction and Kebiki Odoshi laced.  Later period Haramaki-do were made of solid lames, iyozane, kiritsuke zane, and hon kozane construction, and were laced according to the scales used, Sugake Odoshi becoming the norm.

Haramaki-do, that I build, can be Kiritsuke Zane and Solid Plate construction (with the solid plate tops being whatever the customer wants), and laced according to the style chosen.  I include a Sei-ita, at no extra charge, as I believe in giving the wearer the option to wear it, or not (if not wanted, please let me know at time of ordering).  Depending on the style desired, I offer kebiki or sugake odoshi for the lacing.  The opening can be edged in light weight leather so the plate edges do not pinch the wearer.

At this time, I cannot offer the Agemaki Ring on the Sei-ita, as I do not have a source for the ring, at this time.  In the future, I am hoping to have them to add to the Sei-ita.

The Haramaki-do is offered in Three different building materials, Two different lacing widths, and Two different lacing styles, listed below. 

Sugake Odoshi
3/16" ABS with Atletic Laces:  $300
3/16" ABS with Wide Laces:  $350
3/16" HDPE with Athletic Laces:  $325
3/16" HDPE with Wide Laces:  $375
18Ga Steel with Athletic Laces:  $275
18Ga Steel with Wide Laces:  $325
1/8" ABS with Athletic Laces:  $275
1/8" ABS with Wide Laces:  $325
1/8" HDPE with Athletic Laces:  $300
1/8" HDPE with Wide Laces:  $325
  Kebiki Odoshi
3/16" ABS with Atletic Laces:  $350
3/16" ABS with Wide Laces:  $400
3/16" HDPE with Athletic Laces:  $375
3/16" HDPE with Wide Laces:  $425
18Ga Steel with Athletic Laces:  $325
18Ga Steel with Wide Laces:  $375
1/8" ABS with Athletic Laces:  $300
1/8" ABS with Wide Laces:  $350
1/8" HDPE with Athletic Laces:  $350
1/8" HDPE with Wide Laces:  $375
     
The Haramaki-do shown in the photos, is made from 3/16" ABS; Solid Lames with Koishi Gashira top; using We Love Colors Hunter Green, Gold, and Red laces, laced in Sugake Odoshi; Hand made wooden toggles; 7 Kusazuri; Fabric panels for the Kusazuri suspension; and 3/16" white cord (although, I can thread the cord through the lacing to make round lacing, which would be more proper).
 
   

 
                           
Front View                                                           Back View                                                             Sei-ita Installed
 
   

   
  Sendai-do
せんだい どう

The Sendai-do, or the Yukinoshita-do is the only armor associated with an armorer, Yukinoshita Denshichiro Hisaie who created the armor sometime after 1573CE.  Date Masamune is famous for equipping his entire armoy with them.  It only comes as a gomai-do.  The one below was constructed of 1/8" ABS, with Laces for Less Black and Gold Athletic Laces, hand made toggles, and 9 Kusazuri laced in Sugake Odoshi.

3/16" ABS:  $300 plus Shipping
3/16" HDPE:  $325 plus Shipping
18 Guage Steel:  $275 plus Shipping
1/8" ABS:  $275 plus Shipping
1/8" HDPE:  $300 plus Shipping
 
         
           
Sendai-do Front                                                      Sendai-do Back
 
         
  Dangae-do
だんがえ どう

The Dangae-do is


Pricing coming soon

Pictures coming soon

 
         
         
  Oyoroi
だいよろい

The Oyoroi is the most luxuriant style of Japanese armor, and was common during the Heian Period (

Pricing available soon.
 
  Pictures coming soon  
     
         
         
  Hinge Configurations  
  I can build any armor with any of the hinge configurations below.   
   
         
  Plate/Scale Style  
    The type of scales used to build Japanes armor are Hon Kozane, Kiritsuke Zane, Iyozane, and Solid Lames.  Hon Kozane are individual scales sized to the width of the lacing being used and are laced together with a half scale overlap.  Kiritsuke Zane are faked Hon Kozane and are made from built up lacquer on solid plates (for sca Japanese armor, it is made from filing the top edge of the solid plate to represent kiritsuke zane).  Iyozane are another type of individual scale that is only barely laced together on the edge (I do not recommend this style of scale for sca Japanese armor as only the very edge of each scale overlaps).  Solid lames are solid plates laced together in any style the wearer desires.  The tops of solid lames can be shaped into kiritsuke zane, iyozane, or any number of different shapes, or left flat.  Examples of each scale and plate can be seen at the left.  
     
 
          

First Picture, Kozane styles; Second Picture; Kiritsuke Zane; Third Picture, Solid Lame Top Edge Profiles
 
     
  Odoshi Styles  
  Odoshi is the lacing itself.  It comes in two styles, Sugake and Kebiki.  Sugake Odoshi, or Sparse-point Lacing, appeared in the 1400s as an economical way of lacing armor, as it saved both time and expense of lacing material.  Kebiki Odoshi, or Full Lacing, is one of the oldest forms of lacing an armor.  It is luxuriant and thinck on the armor, showing no gaps.  Both styles can be seen below.  
         
         
Sugake Odoshi                             Kebiki Odoshi
 
         
  Lacing Designs  
  There are many different lacing designs, especially when an armor is laced in Kebiki Odoshi.  The following link, http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/katchu.ch05a.html, will take you to an "Odoshi Lacing Patterns" page.  I can do any of the styles shown on that page, except for the kon aka manjû gara (dark blue with a red swastika), so please do not ask me to do that one.  
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  Sode
そで
 
  The Sode is the shoulder/upper arm armor and one of the most prominent features to Japanese armor, as it is one of the first parts that is noticed.  The sode can be many sizes and shapes, but rectangular in shape is the most common.  The sode I offer, are the Osode, or large flat sode that are typically worn with Oyoroi and are typically kebiki odoshi laced; the Kosode, which are smaller sode which are typcally worn with all the other armors and are typically sugake odoshi laced; and the Tsubo-sode, which taper in and become smaller towards the bottom plate and are typically, also, sugake odoshi laced.  
     
  All sode include the material the sode will be made from, all lacing, mounting ties, and cap plates.  In the case of the Osode, inside fabric panel, fukurin, egawa, and kanemono will be included, as well.  
     
  Please refer to the Ordering Policy when ordering a Sode.  Thank you.  
     
  Osode
だいそで

Pricing and pictures coming soon
 
         
         
         
  Kosode
こそで
 
     
 
3/16"
ABS, Sugake Odoshi, Athletic Laces:  $75 plus Shipping
HDPE, Sugake Odoshi, Athletic Laces:  $80 plus Shipping
1/8"
ABS, Sugake Odoshi, Athletic Laces:  $65 plus Shipping
HDPE, Sugake Odoshi, Athletic Laces:  $70 plus Shipping
18 Ga Steel
Sugake Odoshi, Athletic Laces:  $65 plus Shipping
 
     
 
3/16" ABS; Solid Lames with Koishi Gashira top; using We Love Colors Hunter Green, Gold, and Red laces, laced in Sugake Odoshi; Hand made wooden toggles
 
         
         
Tsubo-sode
つぼそで

Pricing and picture coming soon
         
         
         
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  Kote
こて
 
  The Kote, or armored sleeve, is a close fitting sleeve which protected the whole arm.  They also came in many styles, but I offer the Shinogote, which has splints along the forearm, and the Tsubogote, which totally encloses the forearm.  
     
  All kote include three layers of fabric (the outer layer, middle layer, and inside layer), ties, and all plates associated with the style being built.  
     
  Please refer to the Ordering Policy when ordering a Kote.  Thank you.  
     
  Shinogote
しのこて
 
 
Pricing coming soon

 
         
         
         
         
         
  Tsubogote
つぼこて
 
         
         
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  Haidate
はいだて
 
  Haidate, or thigh armor, are a late occurance in Japanese armor, arriving sometime in the 13th Century. 
The haidate I build can have either a wooden toggle and button hole, or long ties to tie around the waist. 
 
     
  Please refer to the Ordering Policy when ordering a Haidate.  Thank you.  
     
  Ita-haidate
いた はいだて
 
     
     
 
Pricing coming soon

 
         
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  Suneate
すねあて
 
  Suneate are shin armor and some of the earliest were just for the shin.  Sometime around the 1100s CE, kneeguards started to appear, nd eventually became Kikko.  The styles I offer are the Shino Suneate, or splinted; the Tsubo Suneate, or Tube; and the Ichimai Suneate, or single plate.  All suneate I build come in pairs, a right shin and a left shin.  They also come with all ties.  
     
  Please refer to the Ordering Policy when ordering a Suneate.  Thank you.  
     
  Shino Suneate
しの すねあて
 
 
Pricing coming soon



 
     
  Tsubo Suneate  
     
     
  Ichimai Suneate  
     
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  Full Suits
Full suits include a Kabuto (customer's choice), Dou (customer's lacing color choice), Sode, Kote, Haidate, and Suneate.
 Where applicable, there are two prices, one for Sugake Odoshi and a second for Kebiki Odoshi.
 
     
 
Mogami-do
Full Suit

Sugake Odoshi
$

Kebiki Odoshi
$
Haramaki-do
Full Suit

Sugake Odoshi
$1150usd+shipping

Kebiki Odoshi
$1175usd+shipping
Sendai-do
Full Suit

$1075usd+shipping




Dangae-do
Full Suit


$1175usd+shipping




Oyoroi
Full Suit


$




 
     
     
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  Youth Armor
All armors can be modified for Youth Combat.  The standard Full Suit includes a modified Hockey Helmet with shikoro (to look more Japanese), Dou (body armor) of choice, Sode (shoulder armor), and Sueate (shin armor).  All prices are for Sugake Odoshi (shown).  For Kebiki Odoshi, add $50.  All armor pieces are made from 1/8" ABS, but could be made from 1/8" HDPE (add $25 to the price).  For upper Division Youth Fighters, the armor can be made from 3/16" ABS or HDPE (add $50 to the price).
 
     
  Dou
どう
Any Dou listed above, can be modified for Youth Combat. 
The example below is of a Roku-mai Dou.
Kabuto
かぶと
Modified Hockey Helmet to look more Japanese by adding shikoro.
 
       
  Starting Price:  $175+shipping costs
Add $25 for 1/8" HDPE
Add $50 for Kebiki Odoshi
Starting Price:  $75+cost of hockey helmet and shipping costs
Add $25 for 1/8" HDPE
Add $25 for Kebiki Odoshi
 
       
   
       
  Sode
そで

Any sode can be modified for youth combat.  The example below is of a Chu-Sode.
Suneate
すねあて
Any suneate can be modified for youth combat.  The example below is of a Shino-suneate.
 
       
  Starting Price:  $50/pair+shipping costs
Add $25 for 1/8" HDPE
Add $25 for Kebiki Odoshi
Starting Price:  $75/pair+shipping costs
Add $25 for 1/8" HDPE
 
   
     
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Ordering Policy  
 
  1. I do complete builds.  I will not, under any circumstance, send any armor in parts for the customer to build.
  2. All sales are final.

  3. All sales are in US Dollars, and I will not do the conversion for you if you live outside the US.  Shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer, as are any additional customs charges.  

  4. All prices are based on current material costs, and are subject to change without notice.

  5. All prices are non-negotiable.

  6. I require half down to start any build.

  7. Time to completion is dependant on my current work schedule, going to events, and life in general, such as sickness.  Depending on the item I am building, a build could take up to 3 months to complete, sometimes longer.  I will keep you apprised of any deviation to the completion time.

  8. No adding to an order after an order is finalized.  If an addition is disired, it will become another order and be placed after all other orders.  Any additions can, and will, extend the completion time of the build.

  9. Armor with fabric pieces are listed as a starter/basic price based on the fabric I chose for the piece in the pictures.  Final pricing will change based on fabric choices other than what I chose for the pictures.

  10. Any piece of armor that requires fabric, I would rather have the customer select fabric online (I can suggest online sources) than list any fabric choices here.  Also, prices will reflect fabric choices, especially the outer fabric choices.

  11. Armor with fabric will be constructed with three (3) layers, an outer layer (customer's choice), a middle layer (quilted material from Joann Fabrics), and an Inner Layer (typically muslin from Joann Fabrics, but could be medium weight linen from Fabrics-Store.com).  Again, prices will reflect fabric choices made by the customer.

  12. When selecting an armor style, please have the number of hinges you would like, the style of odoshi you would like, and the style of scale you would like before ordering.  It will make the process go by quicker.  If not, I am very willing to go over all options when ordering.  I also suggest Googling the different styles of armors, and finding something you like.  I can adapt it to any of the styles I offer.

  13. If there is a problem with a completed build, please let me know and I will do everything in my ability to correct the problem.

  14. The Ordering Policy can change at any time.

  15. I can be contacted at:  rokutonboyoroi@mutsu-no-kuni.com
 
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  References:
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/katchu.ch08.html
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/katchu.ch09.html
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/katchu.ch06.html
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/katchu/katchu.ch07.html