I could get interested in Japanese history...

Good morning everyone,

Could all of you sleep better last night after the Carp won the first game of the Nippon Series? The rain caught be by surprise yesterday-I had no idea it was going to last all day. It's not supposed to rain today, but it's looking like it'll be cooler. Highs all week will be in the low 20s, but there's no rain in the forecast.

Last year, executives at Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV hit upon the idea of combining two things much of Japan (well, the men anyway) has shown an unwavering interest in: the country’s feudal period, and scantily dressed young women. Thus was born television series Yorai Bijo (“Armor Beauty”), in each episode of which a different swimsuit model appears dressed in a suit of armor matching the one worn by a prominent samurai lord from Japan’s past.


During the series’ once-a-month, 30-minute installments, the featured model removes her armor, one piece at a time, eventually stripping down to just a bikini. Meanwhile, viewers hear the exploits of the samurai being highlighted and other tales of life during the era in which he lived.

▼ A preview for the episode starring Yuka Kuramochi dressed as Oda Nobunaga

The reaction to Yoroi Bijo seems to be somewhat like the one for tablet computers at first: initial confusion, followed by a sudden realization by certain individuals that this is something they’ve always desired, even if they weren’t conscious of the yearning. The show is currently celebrating 18 months on the air and marking the occasion with the release of a 128–page Yoroi Bijo photo album and bundled DVD (the publishers have not specified whether the DVD will only contain complete episodes, clips from the show, or new footage).

▼ Kana Fujita as Sanada Yukimura

While there have been 19 episodes of Yoroi Bijo shown to date, the album will focus on the models featured in episodes two through 19, namely Kana Fujita, Yuka Kuramochi, Hitomi Yasueda, Seira Sato, Azusa Koizumi, Suzuka Morita, Nanoka, Hikaru Aoyama, Ayuka Terada, Saki Inoue, Ryoko Tanaka, and Yukari Tachibana.
On the armor side of things, they’ll be, at least in the beginning, dressed in the battlefield attire of Sanada Yukimura, Oda Nobunaga, Uesugi Kenshin, Naoe Kanetsugu, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Kuroda Kanbei, Tachibana Muneshige, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Otomo Yoshishige, Honda Tadakatsu, Kato Kiyomasa, and Kuroda Nagamasa.

The Yoroi Bijo photo album and DVD bundle goes on sale October 26, and I know what I'm asking Santa for for Christmas! ha ha!

Have a great day!

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