What is Shinodare of Samurai Armor?
The term "Shinodare" refers to one of the decorations on a helmet (Kabuto). It is a metal fitting that hangs from the Hachimanza (a decorative piece at the top of the helmet) to the front, back, left, and right. The tip is cut into a flower shape, and it is a long, slender object shaped like a sword. During the Heian period, there was only one in the front (Katajiro) or one each in the front and back (Nihoujiro), but during the Kamakura period, the number increased to eight directions (Happoujiro).
See more terms related to samurai armor in this samurai armor glossary