The Renowned Akazonae of IiThe Akazone wore eye-catching red kacchū. They were a legendary military force led be a commander who was famous for his bravery. The origin of this unit is said to be the Takeda corps of Kai province, but the House of Ii, which always served as the vanguard of the Tokugawa forces, also wore red kacchū as their uniform.
Red lacquered kacchū that is said to have been owned by Naotaka Ii, the second daimyo of the House of Ii, is a famous artifact that became the standard for armor in the House of Ii for generations to come. This armor has been reproduced as faithfully as possible using traditional techniques inherited by the craftsmen of present day Hikone.
The iron plates and chains are lacquered, the two horns attached to the helmet are covered in gold leaf, and the metal fixtures are gold plated. Unnecessary ornamentation has been eliminated from the form to make it suitable for actual battle, therefore expressing the authentic elegance of kacchū. The armor can also be worn, as the total weight has been kept to around 20 kg.
The pictures shown on this website are prototypes. The actual objects will more faithfully reproduce the true form of kacchū.
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Hikone Buddhist Altar Business Cooperative Association
Chuocho 3-8, Hikone-shi, Shiga Pref. 522-0063, Japan
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