When Danny was sixteen, he started collecting Japanese swords. But after he saw The Last Samurai as an adult, he knew swords weren& enough. He wanted his own suit of samurai armor. So, he spent two years of his life making one.
前田利益 (1533－1612). Maeda Keiji is one of the famous samurai for his eccentric behaviors and outlandish style, so-called “Kabukimono (傾奇者)”, in the Sengoku Period. He was skilled in not only the use of arms but also in culture like poems and in the tea ceremony. Keiji's armor can still be seen today at the Miyasaka Museum. 伝前田利益所用 紫糸威朱漆塗五枚胴具足（米沢市宮坂考古館所蔵）