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The ideal samurai was supposed to be a stoic warrior who followed an unwritten code of conduct, later formalized as Bushidō, which held bravery, honour, and personal loyalty above life itself; ritual suicide by disembowelment (seppuku) was institutionalized as a respected alternative to dishonour or defeat.
A Japanese armor consists of undergarments (usually a kimono or yukata), helmet (Kabuto), face mask (Menpo), breastplate (Do), hip and thigh protection (Kusazuri), bracers (Kote), shoulder plates or splints (Sode ), Pelvic hanger (Suneate), upper and lower leg splints (Haidate).
The Samurai, member of the Japanese warrior caste. The term samurai was originally used to denote the aristocratic warriors (bushi), but it came to apply to all the members of the warrior class that rose to power in the 12th century and dominated the Japanese government until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.