Ross School - Senior Projects 2012


Student: Fuhito Yoshida

Mentor: Mami Takeda

Domain(s): Visual Art and History

Faculty Grader:  Jennifer Cross




Documentation of Product


Title: Design of Japanese Armor


The design of Japanese Armor is the theme of my senior project. In order to inform and educate Ross community about how Japanese armor had developed over the course of several centuries

I researched about the historical background of design and functions of the armors between Warring States period and Edo period. I also learned necessary skills to duplicate the artifact. To go along with my armor

I created a panel describing the historical background of Japanese armors and process of designing my armor.   




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Shoulder Armors:

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Back of the Head

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                                                    Thigh Protectors

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Back of the Body Armor

 Final Product

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Exhibition & Presentation Summary

My senior project started after the media project. I had difficulties in deciding what kind of project I want to do since I had so many hobbies. But I wanted to do something “impressive, unique and original” that somebody had never done yet. The last year’s graduates influenced me to choose a project relates to my own country. When I thought about “impressive, unique and original” from my culture, which I came up with an idea, “Japanese armor.” For the process of making my armor, I had bought some books and materials such as plastic sheets, thick fabric, strings, ropes, and sprays. According to my plan, I was supposed to research and start building my armor during the summer; however, I had struggled from time management. For my research, I had learned about samurai armors’ development and background in different eras. The two books that I bought explain the function of each part of armor and differences in each part of armor specifically, which was helpful for my research paper.

After returning from summer vacation, I started building my armor by following the Japanese website that is mainly focusing on duplication of Japanese armor. The website lists materials and procedures for the amateur builders. I drew my own patterns for the armor by using some ideas and pictures from this site. After cutting patterns in each small piece, I began to drill holes on the sheets. There were about 40 sheets and I had to drill 150 holes on each sheet. Approximately I had spent an hour to drilling each piece. Next stage was painting, which I had struggled from finding space to spray without bothering other people. I used black sprays mainly and some gold sprays because I wanted to make my armor more simply and gorgeously. After finishing all the process, I started building my armor in one piece. Using threads to sewing through each holes and put all the small pieces of plastic sheets into a single armor. Sometimes used hot water to bend the plastic sheets into round shape without hurting it. After spending two weeks of sewing, the final product gradually appeared. It gave me the indescribable sense of accomplishment when I saw my armor in one piece.

Through the process of building the Japanese armor, I learned the importance of self-confidence. At the beginning of my project, my mother told me to not working on my project because she just said a word, “impossible.” However, I successfully completed my project and realized I should not give up before I try it. Furthermore, I learned procrastination is never going to get me to the goal, and also it is difficult to get back on the track once I procrastinate so much. Because of without doing anything during the summer, I had to do my project until the last moment before the deadline. The other thing I learned, which does not relate to academically but I realized the importance of behavior and manners in the society. My mentor yelled at me several times for not asking a favor politely, not being considerate of others, not taking a good care of things I borrowed from others, or not keeping an appointment.

In January 12th, my final product was displayed in the senior building exhibition with background information of Japanese armors and historical figures who was famous in each era. I presented on the first Friday of presentation about the process of my project and also displayed my own armor in front of audience. 








Bibliography or Works Consulted

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Hilde, John R. "The History and Development of Samurai Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Home. 4 Jan. 2008. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. <>.


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Sasama, Yorihiko. 日本の甲冑武具. 東京美術. (Book)