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Give Your Favorite Booze Samurai-Style!

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Looking for a quality gift for your samurai-obsessed pal? Tadayasu Co., Ltd., producer of traditional Japanese armor, has released a set of intricately crafted bottle toppers in the guise of famous samurai helmets. They’re designed to fit snugly over the top of your drink of choice, be it Japanese sake or your favorite bottle of wine!

The inspiration for the helmets is described on the English version of the official website:

“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.”

There are five varieties of Samurai Bottle Helmets to choose from, all featuring classic helmet designs associated with five of the most famous warriors of the Warring States Period of Japanese history.

On the left there's Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578), known as the ruler of Echigo Province and also a skilled administrator. Then there's Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582), regarded as the first of three great unifiers of modern-day Japan. Finally, there's Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the third great unifier of Japan who ushered in the Edo Period.

Next up there's Date Masamune (1567-1636), founder of the city of Sendai and known as the “One-Eyed Dragon.” And finally, we have Sanada Yukimura (1567-1615), a general in the Siege of Osaka and subject of numerous legendary feats.

Intricate details ensure that the helmets are aesthetically pleasing no matter which angle from which they are viewed!

They also come packaged in a stylish box with an additional acrylic stand if you’d prefer to display them without a bottle.

As quality is key here, one bottle helmet will set you back ¥30,000 (about US$274) at Tadayasu’s website. For a true samurai buff, however, that is a small price to pay for a well-crafted collectible.

Source: Tadayasu via Japaaan Magazine
Images: Tadayasu


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