By the fifteenth century, the country was engaged in civil wars that were often fought in the streets of Kyoto and other major cities.
Light-weight form-fitting armor, of a style previously worn by footmen, was adopted by samurai because of its practicality for fighting on foot.
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This form of armor is generically known as gusoku (“complete set” or modern) armor, and is the predominant form of armor produced from the sixteenth century until the 1860s.