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Samurai Are Pretty Awesome

4 Jan

It seems like a fully self evident thing to write, that not only are samurai pretty awesome, but their awesomeness is timeless and epic. We are lucky enough to have not one but two awesome bits of samurai-related news to share here.

Armor and MIA curator Matthew Welch, Photo via Star Tribune


The Star Tribune reported in mid-December that the Minneapolis Institute of Arts had purchased a suit of samurai armor for a record-setting price of $602,500. (Full disclosure, cas is employed at the MIA, but not in any PR capacity nor with any kind of clearance to spend $602,500.) The armor comes from the Idemitsu Museum of Art in Tokyo, a private museum which is changing its focus to painting and ceramics. This particular suit was made in the early 1600s during the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan from 1600-1868 and is the go-to shogunate for all your daydreams about systems of honor and awesome kitana swordplay. Never used in battle, the armor is incredibly intricate and in impeccable condition and should awe little kids, art geeks and film nerds alike. It is not yet on display, but as soon as it is, we’ll let you know.

Photo via Facebook


If you do want to see some awesome samurai armor right ways, bite into that suit made of Doritos. It is from the commercial “Snack Attack Samurai”, one of the finalists in the Doritos “Crash The Superbowl” contest that features local actor Mike Rylander as one of the guys in the gym. (Full disclosure again, cas worked with Rylander in “Lamb Lays with Lion‘s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” in March 2009.) The top three ads as selected by public voting will get airplay during the Superbowl, the mother of all advertising outlets, and the winners get a bunch of money and free Doritos or something like that. Or they can buy Doritos with the money they get. Either way, help a funny actor get a payday, so log on and vote for it and if you don’t do it for the actors, do it for the poor bastard production assistant who had to make the damn thing and keep it in good shape for the shoot. You gotta figure by now, most everyone who has decided they will buy Doritos will do so, so here’s to art that won’t last to make it into a museum.

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