Actor in Samurai Armor Shinichi Suzuki (Japanese, Date: Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative Dimensions: x cm x 7 in.) Classification: Photographs Credit Line: Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005 Accession Number:
In battle, katana was typically paired with the medium sword wakizashi. Both were worn by members of the Japanese warrior class. The two weapons together were called the daisho, and represented the social power and personal honor of the samurai.