A helmet that sports bold antlers on either side, and an awe-inspiring emblem called a "shikami" that shows the head of a lion bearing its teeth. In ancient times, deer were considered sacred beasts and symbols of quick-wittedness. The Warrior of the East was the armour employed by Honda Tadakatsu, one of the four great Tokugawa commanders. As leyasu's right-hand man, Tadakatsu saw bitter combat on the battlefield, yet emerged without a scratch. He was dubbed the Warrior of the East by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Dark-coloured iyozane laced with black thread forms the basis of the design, with gold embellishments in prominent positions radiating power. Their mighty horns are a sign of unswerving conviction.
Torso armour featuring a double—plated design with clasps that can be released to detach the two portions. It employs "kozane" scales made by the fine craftsmen of lyo province, and boasts lightweight strength and durability. The large string of prayer beads in a sash over one shoulder is said to mourn the many soldiers defeated on the battlefield.
Arm guards that match the colour of the do, and are formed from two curved iron plates. They are designed to protect the backs of the hands and are fastened securely with cord so they stay in place even during fierce combat. The palms and fingers are deliberately exposed to aid the handling of spears and other weapons.
Armour with an upper leg portion featuring "iyozane" plates with dangling bear skin, offering similar durability to the do while remaining lightweight. The ostentatious use of black lacquer and gold leaf creates a vivid contrast in the design.
Shin guards with curved iron plates that are bound tight against the shins with cord. A hemp or leather layer is included for extra reinforcement, and as a way of absorbing shock. The iron plates also have a slight curve at the bottom to prevent them from hitting the tops of the feet and making walking difficult.