Tadayasu Co., Ltd., producer of traditional Japanese armor, has released a set of intricately crafted bottle toppers in the guise of famous samurai helmets. So far, they have designed Tokugawa Ieyasu Bottle Helmet, Oda Nobunaga Bottle Helmet, Uesugi Kenshin Bottle Helmet, Sanada Yukimura Bottle Helmet and Date Masamune Bottle Helmet.
According to the company, the Samurai Bottle Helmet was given birth by our desire to have people gain a stronger sense of familiarity with the traditional craftsmanship of Edo armor. The kabuto helmet, a symbol of Japan’s traditional armor craftsmanship, is exquisitely reproduced. Thoughts are turned to feudal warlords… Your favorite bottle becomes a “samurai,” and protects your thoughts and feelings.
Although I am not crazy about their functionality as bottle topper, these well-crafted ornaments are definitely perfect for a history buff interested in legendary warriors of the Sengoku period of Japanese history. If you are interested, one bottle helmet will set you back 30,000 yen (US$274) at Tadayasu’s website. For a true samurai buff, however, that is a small price to pay for a well-crafted collectible.
Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun, ended the period of war and built the foundation of the 300-year reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Lord Oda Nobunaga spent half of his life striving to unify Japan. Known as the “Conqueror of the Warring States,” Nobunaga was the first true leader who combined bravery with a proactive embrace of western culture.
The warlord Uesugi Kenshin was blessed with both bravery and a talent for leading his troops.
Lord Sanada Yukimura was a hero of the Warring States Period. Tales of Lord Yukimura’s intimidating red armor, said to have included red thread on the armor’s scales, have been passed down through the generations as a symbol of his bravery.
Lord Date Masamune was a feudal lord of the Warring States Period who boasted the largest forces in Japan’s Tohoku Region. Like a symbol of his ambition, the famed brilliant gold crescent moon crest of this product is highly impressive.