Friday, December 7, 2012

Maeda Toshimasu`s Samurai Armor Paper Model - by Yonezawa


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The Real Armor at Miyasaka Museum
Maeda Toshimasu (1533 -1612), better known as Maeda Keiji or Keijirō , was a Japanese samurai of the Sengoku Period through early Edo Period. Toshimasu was born in the village of Arako(present-day Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya), Toshimasu was born to the Takigawa Clan, originally the son of Takigawa Kazumasu. He was adopted by Maeda Toshihisa, the older brother of Maeda Toshiie. Toshimasu served under Oda Nobunaga along with his uncle. Toshimasu was originally intended to inherit Maeda family headship; however, after Oda Nobunaga replaced Toshihisa with Toshiie as Maeda family head, he lost this position. Perhaps because of this loss of inheritance, Toshimasu is well known for not getting along with his uncle. While in Kyoto, Toshimasu met and befriended Naoe Kanetsugu, Uesugi Kagekatsu's karō. The two became close friends. Consequently, Toshimasu agreed to join Kanetsugu in the Uesugi clan's invasion of Aizu. During the retreat from the failed invasion, Keiji was given the task of leading the rear guard. Riding his horse Matsukaze into battle and brandishing a two-pronged spear, he made a splendid show of force. Due in part to Toshimasu's actions, the Uesugi forces were able to retreat largely intact. After this, Toshimasu returned to the capital and devoted himself to arts and literature. Keiji was barred from Toyotomi’s Kyushu campaign for his wild way. When the Tokugawa challenged the Uesugi in 1600, he once again fought with Uesugi’s army. In the battle against the Mogami, he broke through the enemy lines with only eight riders, and shattered their formation. After the Uesugi clan's move to the Yonezawa Domain, Toshimasu remained with them, serving as a retainer. Keiji's armor can still be seen today at the Miyasaka Museum. - Wikipedia

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Statue of Young Maeda at Arako, Nagoya
Maeda Toshimasu (1533-1612), mais conhecido como Maeda Keiji ou Keijiro (庆 次郎), foi um samurai dos Períodos Sengoku e Edo. Toshimasu nasceu na aldeia de Arako (atual Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya), no Clã Takigawa, e filho de Takigawa Kazumasu.
Toshimasu juntou-se a outro famoso samurai, Kanetsugu, na invasão do clã Uesugi de Aizu. Durante a retirada da fracassada invasão, a Toshimasu foi dada a tarefa de liderar a retaguarda. Montando seu cavalo de batalha Matsukaze e brandindo uma lança de duas pontas, ele fez um show esplêndido de força. Devido a bravura de Toshimasu, os soldados aliados foram capazes de bater em retirada com poucas perdas.
Depois disso, Toshimasu voltou para a capital e dedicou-se às artes e literatura. ele foi impedido de lutar na campanha do Samurai Toyotomi de Kyushu por sua forma selvagem de agir. Quando o Tokugawa desafiou o Uesugi em 1600, mais uma vez ele lutou com o exército Uesugi. Na batalha contra o Mogami, ele rompeu as linhas inimigas com apenas oito cavaleiros, e quebrou sua formação.A armadura de Keiji (na qual é baseada este modelo de papel)ainda pode ser vista hoje no Museu Miyasaka, no Japão.



Link to the model: Maeda.Toshimasu`s.Samurai.Armor.Paper.Model.by.Yonezawa.Download

Link to instructions: Maeda.Toshimasu`s.Samurai.Armor.Paper.Model.by.Yonezawa.Instructions


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