Art Kensin aims to preserve the outstanding skills of Japanese
armor production for future generations. Since its establishment in
1997, KENSIN Co., Ltd has continually led the way in researching
and recreating samurai warrior figures from the Sengoku Period.
Our plan to reproduce figures of famous samurai warriors such as
Sanada Yukimura was initiated in 1999.During the last fifteen year
period, we have been honored to work with Mr. Hiromichi Miura,
past managing director and currently advisor to the Association for
the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Amror,
who we commissioned to research the details of armor used by
samurai warriors.This time, Mr. Miura has conducted research in
armor worn by Sanada Yukimura, a Japanese samurai warrior of
the Sengoku Period.
His research has enabled us to recreate a set of armor in 1/4 scale
that is identical in every way to the real armor.
During the Sengoku Period, Sanada was thought to have worn a full set of red round body type armor. We have used real iron, Japanese lacquer, leather and other genuine materials to recreate Sanada's armor in 1/4 scale size.
In researching the actual armor worn by Sanada, we found there was little reliable historical information left from the era, so instead we examined the armor that was worn by the generals from the Takeda Family, to which Sanada belonged. Based on that, we are able to complete this realistic and representative piece of workmanship.
Mr. Hiromichi Miura-Advisor and Prior Managing
Development Co-operation for Yukimura Sanada, The Association
for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and
In 1969, Appointed as Recommended Armorer by the Association
for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor.
In 1975, Conducted repairs and restoration to a piece of Japanese
armor that was presented by Tokugawa leyasu to King James I
that is stored in the Tower of Museum.
After conducting extensive research on the Sengoku Period, Kensin Co., LTD is proud to present this statue of Yukimura Sanada.
This original pose is our interpretation of how he expressed his last moments of life.
Kabuto (Helmet) Kozunari
The helmet is molded to match the shape of the human head, and the
visor is specially formed to follow the contour of the eyebrow.
In fact, it takes skills of the very highest standard to make the eyebrow
shaped visor, and we have used many references from the helmets of
other Takeda & Sanada clan warriors in crafting our product.
The popular warriors helmets from the Sengoku Period features attachments
showing exaggerated ornamentation and are custom shaped to the warriors'
heads as can been seen with the helmets of Tokugawa Leyasu, Ii Noamasa,
Tachibana Muneshige and Sen no Rikyu.
Deer Horn and the Rokumonsen Crest
It is said that Sanada wore a helmet that was decorated with deer
horn to win the battle in the Seige of Osaka. Though the image
of the deer horn helmet as painted in folding screens, there were
no accurate historic records left to prove that was true. Also,
there were no accurate historic records left to prove that was true.
Also, there was no evidence to show the existence of the Rokumon
crest that, as money, symbolized the payment that dead people should
make to cross over the Styx River. However, it also represented a very
distinctive mark of the Sanada Army that showed their fearlessness of
death. The Rokumonsen crest is still often used in many works of art.
The Cross-Shaped Spear
In 1600, The Western Army lost his Battle of Sekigahara, and Sanada
Yukimura and his father were sent to the mountains as prisoners.
The place they lived is now a museum dedicated to Sanada, and
his cross-shaped spear has been safely kept by the museum
dedicated to Sanada, and this cross shaped spear has been safely
kept by the museum as an important relic of the time. Though, as
a general of an army, Sanada might not really have used this spear