By Stephen Turnbull

The stunning spectacle awarded via the armies of medieval Japan owed a lot to the hugely built kin and private heraldry of samurai society. From basic own banners, this developed over centuries of battle right into a complicated approach of flags worn or carried into conflict, including the remarkable 'great criteria' of best warlords. whereas no longer regulated within the Western feel, eastern heraldry built as a sequence of greatly practices, whereas closing versatile adequate to embody consistent innovation. ratings of examples, in monochrome and entire color, illustrate this interesting rationalization of the topic by way of a revered specialist on all features of samurai tradition.

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