Source: Wargo Traditional Japanese Hairpins Modeled After The Weapons Of Feudal Japan 2016-06-03 Fri 2016-06-03 Fri Kanzashi (簪) are ornate hairpins used to add an elegant touch to traditional Japanese hairstyles. While its humble origins as a single rod were thought of as a mean to also ward off evil spirits, kanzashi have become more and more gaudy and and imaginative as hairstyles have progressed. They are commonly seen being used by geisha and brides, but have experienced somewhat of a boom in modern fashion thanks to a variety of new styles. One such style draws on rumors (typically seen in Samurai film lore) that kanzashi were sometimes used to conceal weapons as a means of self-defense, as Japanese online retailer Wargo is introducing hairpins modeled after weapons from early Japan. With the summer season approaching, that means festival season is just around the corner in Japan. Thanks to some creative and modern style infusions giving yukata and even kimono a summer-time Renaissance, what better way to stand out than with a little hair-weaponry to battle the summer heat with? Katana Kanzashi Perhaps the most iconic of all Japanese weapons, the traditional sword was seen as the soul of a samurai, which makes it the perfect badass pin to protect your hair. It can be ordered here for 13,176 yen ($121.25 US). Source: http://www.wargo.jp/products/detail2454.html Source: http://www.wargo.jp/products/detail2454.html Jitte Kanzashi A weapon from feudal Japan that could use a little more love. The jitte, a non-bladed weapon, became the traditional weapon of police in feudal Japan when swords were banned from the shogun's palace. Because of the weapon's design, you usually see these catching swords and disarming bad guys in samurai flicks. They come with a cool little lantern tassel that sways as you walk. Available in different colors, it can be ordered here for 6,048 yen ($55.67 USD). Source: Wargo Source: Wargo Matchlock Rifle Kanzashi It's not all about blades, as this kanzashi modeled after an old school matchlock rifle brings some firepower to your hair. A dangling butterfly ornament adds a dangling touch as well. It can be ordered here for 9,612 yen ($88.46 USD). Source: Wargo Source: Wargo By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:Japaaan Magazine / Wargo Tags: Accessories / Antique / Cool / Fashion / Hair / Hairpins / Japan grape Japan Traditional Japanese Hairpins Modeled After The Weapons Of Feudal Japan Related Article Propose To Your Loved One With Their Favorite Riceball Filling With These Onigiri Ring Sets Guy Deliberately Bumping Into Women Regrets It When He Tries It On Pro-Wrestler Make a bedroom magical girl transformation with Sailor Moon Luna and Black Lady lingerie Japanese Twitter Rumor: Pets Can See Pokemon! A Hilarious And Perhaps Drunk 4 Minute Summary Of The Yakuza Series, Just To Get You Caught Up Rabbit Cafe: The Cutest Place To Have Coffee In Japan!