I saw the Samurai exhibit, "Lethal Beauty" at the Currier Museum of Art this week. It's definitely not the sort of show I would have pictured myself enjoying (guns! knives! mayhem!), but I walked out of the museum really inspired. The level of craftsmanship in a samurai's armor is just mind-boggling, an amazing example of the utilitarian becoming art.
And don't tell me you wouldn't run screaming if this guy came hurtling towards you on a battle field.