Wisdom Wednesday

Another reason why I love Japan, the best thing you didn’t know you needed!


[Image: Samurai Age]

It was only a matter of time, but a company in Fukuoka, Japan is now making samurai armor for pets.

The company, known as “Samurai Age,” also crafts made-in-Japan miniature armor for dolls and bottles of sake. The pet armor appears to be a more recent—and fitting—addition.

[Image: Samurai Age]

Each set is made one-by-one from a light foam resin and polyurethane so it won’t be too heavy for the animal.

[Image: Samurai Age]

The basic pet armor, which comes in four different colors, is priced between 14,040 yen (US$128) for the smallest red armor size to 16,416 yen ($150) for the largest gold armor size.

These suits are designed for cats and small dogs.

[Image: Samurai Age]

However, Samurai Age also does custom orders for larger pets, such as this furry friend. Prices, obviously, vary.

[Image: Samurai Age]

The company’s website is in Japanese; however, I called Samurai Age, and the person I spoke with said the company does handle international orders.

The site has a simple Google translate feature at the top, but note that the order form was designed for domestic use, so it might be tricky to navigate. It also might be worth contacting them via their Facebook page for more info.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored four books, including most recently, Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design.

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