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Craftsman Robert Soanes: Restorer of Samurai ArmorTony McNicol

Englishman Robert Soanes specializes in the restoration and conservation of samurai armor, swords, and other Japanese antiques. visited him at his home in the English seaside resort of Brighton.

Boys’ Day

This traditional celebration of sons retains the trappings of its warrior-class roots, with swords, helmets, and other symbols of samurai culture ensuring that children grow up healthy and strong. Also known as tango no sekku, it is one of five seasonal holidays observed since ancient times.

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