The armor of notorious military commanders like Masamune Date and Kanetsugu Naoe, all over the screen in Japan's famed "taiga drama" large-scale historical TV productions, including Yukimura Sanada in this year's "Sanada Maru," is thanks to Marutake Armor Chiyoda Workshop.
For their Yoroi armor and Kabuto helmets, they take apart the actual antique armor to record the measurements and analyze the structure of the original object, and then recreate the exact way it was made. Since they always keep in mind the value of what they are making as an example of a traditional handcraft using traditional methods, their pieces are never simple replicas, and their quality is infinitely like the real thing!
90% of the Yoroi + Kabuto armor used in film, television and commercials is a product of this workshop, 100% handmade by individual craftsmen.
Depending on the item, one set of Yoroi + Kabuto can take about two months to make. Each piece of the set is made separately by an individual specialist in order to keep production up to speed while achieving better quality.
A special feature of the workshop is that individuals as well as production companies can buy its items. Chigo-Yoroi (child's armor) is a popular item for Boy's Day celebrations. Regular Yoroi armor sets start at ¥180,000. Chigo-Yoroi is one size fits all, made to fit best for height from 170-175 cm, but they also make fully customized sets.
Yoroi + Kabuto used in the NHK taiga drama Nobunaga King of Zipangu.
Also popular are J.S. Art brand bags and wallets made by designers using hand-selected high quality material available only in Japan, one special example being leather treated with traditional lacquering techniques.