Usagi Juku

  • Usagi Juku
  • Usagi Juku

Usagi Juku

Sometimes in Kyoto I come across traditions I don’t fully understand. Like the wearing of these armors by children (boys) during the Yoroi Kizome Ceremony (coming of age festival).

Since the 8th century (the Heian period), the Yoroi (armor) and Kabuto (helmet) were developed as the primary gear for protection in battle, changing its form throughout the following ages. These centuries old methods of making (metalwork, woodwork, dying, papermaking, …) are practically unchanged, but the materials and the size are. In the Nishijin district we came across the machiya style gallery ‘Usagi Juku’ for these armors. They also provide workshops for boys and their (grand)parents to make their own armor. I wonder if they also accept grown-up girls.