The Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor

一般社団法人 日本甲冑武具研究保存会

About the Society

The Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor (Nihon Katchu Bugu Kenkyu Hozon Kai – NKBKHK) was established in 1961 with the research and preservation of ancient Japanese Samurai Armor as its main purpose.

Japanese armor from all time periods are studied: from Heian period Ō-yoroi and Muromachi period hon kozane dō-maru, to Sengoku period okashi armor and very ornate late Edo parade armor.

In addition, all levels of armor are studied: from common zunari kabuto which were made in great quantities, to rare kawari kabuto and very exclusive 120 plate suji kabuto.

Since 2015, attracting foreign members has been a special project, with a bi-lingual website, English abstracts and a special translation project for the magazine developed specifically for this audience.

In 2016, Jo Anseeuw was appointed as a director of the NKBKHK, and was tasked to focus on foreign members and relations and growing this membership base within the organization. Consequently, the western branch of the association (in short: the Japanese Armor Society) was established in early 2017.

The board members of this new branch of the Japanese Armor Society include:

Luc Taelman
John Wee Tom
Bas Verberk
Paul Gill
Uwe Sacklowski
Jo Anseeuw

The Articles of Incorporation of the NKBKHK can be found here (in Japanese); an English translation is available here.