This papercraft is Uesugi Kenshin‘s helmet, Patinated-Iron Hari kabuto (sheathed) Helmet. The paper craft is created by Yonezawa Naoe. Uesugi Kenshin (上杉 謙信) was a daimyo who ruled Echigo province in the Sengoku period of Japan. His nakename: Dragon of Echigo, God of War, Tiger of Echigo, Guardian of the North.
He was one of the most powerful lords of the Sengoku period. While chiefly remembered for his prowess on the battlefield, Kenshin is also regarded as an extremely skillful administrator who fostered the growth of local industries and trade; his rule saw a marked rise in the standard of living of Echigo. Kenshin is famed for his honourable conduct, his military expertise, a long-standing rivalry with Takeda Shingen, his numerous campaigns to restore order in the Kanto region as the Kanto Kanrei, and his belief in the Buddhist god of war – Bishamonten. In fact, many of his followers and others believed him to be the Avatar of Bishamonten, and called Kenshin god of war.
His original name was Nagao Kagetora (長尾景虎). He changed his name to Uesugi Masatora (上杉政虎) when he inherited the Uesugi family name in order to accept the official title of Kantō Kanrei (関東管領). Later he changed his name again to Uesugi Terutora (上杉輝虎) to honor the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshiteru (足利義輝), and finally to Kenshin (上杉謙信) after he became a Buddhist monk; in particular, he would become renowned for being a devotee of Bishamonten. For the majority of this description, the name of Kenshin will be used.
Kenshin is sometimes referred to as “The Dragon of Echigo” because of his fearsome skills in the martial arts displayed on the battlefield. His rival Takeda Shingen was called “The Tiger of Kai”. In some versions of Chinese mythology (Shingen and Kenshin had always been interested in Chinese culture, especially the works of Sun Tzu), the Dragon and Tiger have always been bitter rivals who try to defeat one another, but neither is ever able to gain the upper hand. For more information of Uesugi Kenshin click here.
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