A headband worn by Katakura Shigenaga, a senior vassal of the Date, who favoured light headgear over a heavy helmet, because he felt the latter restricted his field of vision. However, the headband does contain a small iron plate located over the forehead, providing at least some level of protection. Part of a traditional armour set known as Tosei—gusoku in Japanese, the hot—blooded Shigenaga inherited the Yukinoshita black—lacquered armour from his father, Katakura Kojuro, who was a loyal servant of Date Masamune. Shortly after Shigenaga's coming—of—age ceremony, the Battle of Sekigahara broke out, and while Uesugi Kagekatsu was taking up arms in Aizu (present—day western Fukushima prefecture), Shigenaga found himself joining his first campaign as part of the efforts to capture the Uesugi's Shiroishi Castle (southern Miyagi prefecture).
This upper body armour hangs over the front of the wearer's body, and is made from five thinly—cut metal plates. Coloured with fine sukake—odoshi, it is hinged under either arm, which allows it to be put on and removed with ease.
Gauntlets made from a combination of iron plates and leather, formed into a half—cylinder to conform to the shape of the arm and allow for a free range of motion.
Light yet durable waist and thigh protection made in a style referred to as "kanemaze" for the way it mixes iron plates with leather.
Greaves made by connecting "shinoganamono" (multiple long, thin iron plates,) from behind with clasps. Additional protection is provided by the knee coverings.