The Western branch of the Association for the Research and Preservation of Japanese Helmets and Armor was established in April 2017 as the Japanese Armor Society.
Our aim is to make it easier for non-Japanese speaking armor enthusiasts to become a member of the more than 50 year old Japanese Armor Association.
Information in English about armor exhibitions, symposia and research meetings, and new book publications will be available and distributed to members. Also the quarterly magazine will be partially translated in English, and that will open a new world of information that was up until now only available in Japan. While we will increase the flow of information in both directions, we are also convinced that it will become much easier to form new personal relationships between Japanese and non-Japanese collectors and researchers. Finally, a shinsa outside of Japan is in the planning stages and further information will be forthcoming once it has been confirmed.
More information about the member benefits and how to become a member can be found on the Membership Information page.