The standard armor of the Kyatashiran Samurai. This armor is generally similar in appearance to Wa-Daisho's standard body armor. It's design however, is more close to true Samurai Armor. The torso is composed of thin strips of steel plate, laminated in a lacquer material, with strips of colored hemp rope, holding the plates together. The arms, hands, armpits, legs, feet, and flexible portions of the waist are made of extremely fine links of steel chain mail. The forearms, shins, and thighs also have laminated armor plates as well for added protection. The shoulders are composed of interlocking metal plates, with traditional laminated sode shoulder guards placed over top of those.
The most unique aspect of this armor however is not it's appearance, it's the method in which it is produced. Fewer than a thousand men and only a handful of women in Kyatashiro have the knowledge of how to produce armor of this type. It's methods are similar to that used in the production of a Samurai's Daisho. That is, that they are created normally using basic materials such as steel, lacquer, and such forged as they were in the in the feudal era. However, unlike then - the method has become much more mystically oriented, with a routine of dousing the armor in waters blessed by Hachiman, and dedication ceremony that results in blood being drawn from the recipient of the armor, and spread across the brow of the inside of the armor in a gruesome ritual symbolizing the armor as being part of the wearer. The real disadvantage to this armor, is the fact that it CANNOT be repaired using typical means, used in the repair of either medieval armor or in modern armor - but must be done by one of these Armorsmith Masters in Kyatashiro. Fortunately several Armorsmith Masters have immigrated to Desert Star, Wa-Daisho, and one has immigrated to Tolkeen as well which helps to maintain armor in foreign lands.
Underneath this armor then, Kyatashiro Samurai wear an imported suit similar to a flight suit, that circulates air, and prevents the wearer from suffering burns from lasers or other energy weapon strikes on the armor. It similarly helps to protect from impact weapons, and explosives. Bare in mind that this suit does NOT make the armor environmental, just makes it an effective suit in this time.
The Kyatashiro Samurai Armor is typically colored brightly. Family owned armor suits may be any number of different colors, from bright greens, to blues, oranges, and so on. The armor of Nara province's military units is Black over all with gold highlights. The armor of Ueno province is a bright, almost teal, green with black highlights. The armor of Otsu province is sky blue with royal blue highlights. The armor of the capital province of Kyoto, and of the units involved in the Allied Naval Fleet are Royal Blue with gold highlights.