What is Jingasa of Samurai Armor?
"Jingasa" is a conical hat worn to protect the head. It was mainly used by foot soldiers and was made of materials such as iron, leather, and paper. It served as a substitute for a samurai helmet. It was adorned with family crests or symbols. It was part of the equipment lent by the master to the foot soldiers. During the Edo period, samurai used Jingasa when they went out on official business. It served not only as armor but also as a symbol of status and family lineage, expressing individualistic sense. Furthermore, they were used differently according to the season, such as for summer, winter, horse riding, and walking.
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