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Forget about the dangers of running with scissors. What about skiing with samurai swords? Japanese freestyle skier Shogo Kawano took to the slopes in spectacular style wearing a complete suit of samurai armor, including the mask and helmet, even a tall Sashimono banner at one point, and wielding a razor-sharp katana instead of a ski pole.

According to Kawano the suit of armer weighed about 25 kilograms (55 pounds), which would not only prove challenging while skiing, but would also make trudging up the snow-covered mountainside a lot more taxing.

And as for using a sword in place of a ski pole:

“You pray you don’t stab yourself with the katana lol,” Kawano wrote on his Facebook page.

[via Kotaku]