Awwwww, who’s a good little bushido boy?
Based in Fukuoka City, the company Samurai Age produces a variety of fashion items and lifestyle goods that borrow their aesthetic from Japan’s legendary warrior class. Given the recent surge in enthusiasm for both history and cosplay among people in Japan, the company’s designs attract plenty of attention, and some of Samurai Age’s newest products combine those two areas of interest with something else Japan has a definite soft spot for: cute pets.
Samurai’s Pet Armor (or “Pet Yoroi,” as it’s called in Japanese) line provides your pet with a sense of samurai stoicism…or an atmosphere of adorable silliness, depending on how long you stare at them in their feudal period-style outfits.
▼ Ready for battle!
▼ Ready for a nap!
However, in modern, peaceful Japanese society, the odds of being attacked by rival samurai from a hostile fief or shadowy shinobi assassins are slim. Because of that, Samurai Age’s Pet Armor is more about looking cute/cool than protecting your pet from melee attacks. The outfits are made out of lightweight foam resin to allow the animals to maintain their mobility, and instead of having to be tied on by armor-assisting servants, the pieces attach to one another with snaps, making it, well, a snap to put the costume on or take it off.
In addition to the red, gold, and silver versions seen above, Pet Armor is also available in black, for more formal samurai occasions.
Orders can be placed here through Samurai Age’s website, which offers small to large sizes which should fit most cats and small dogs. For larger animals, the company can also produce custom sets, so if you’ve got a great big love for a great big pooch, you can still get him suited up. The standard sizes can be ordered here direct from Samurai Age. Prices start at 14,040 yen (US$127) regardless of color.