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Suits of Admiration
The suit of armor was crafted in the 1700s during the Edo period, a period of over 250 years of peace in Japanese history. What do you notice on the armor that hints at what was admired about samurai warriors?
Using the samurai's suit of armor as an example, think about whether there is an order or a ritual to when you get dressed. Which items are important? Are there certain things you wear that have a purpose?
Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog
Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog tells the story of Hachiko through the eyes of Kentaro, a young boy whose life is changed forever by his friendship with this very special dog.
The Art of the Samurai
Suit of Armor and Helmet is a unique object in our collection that looks functional but was actually made in admiration of Samurai’s of the past. Take a closer look at how this suit of armor balances delicate details and symbols of fierceness and consider what faithfulness, loyalty, and dedication might have meant in 18th century Japan.