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Kakuregasa

Motif Information
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Rōmaji Kakuregasa
English Hat of Invisibility
Kanji 隠れ笠
Kana かくれがさ
Season All-season
Seasonal Exceptions none
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Auspicious
Pronounciation
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Kakuregasa (lit. bamboo hat which hides) is one of the takarazukushi. It is worn by men and its female equivalent is the kakuremino.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

The kakuregasa is an auspicious design and is therefore non-seasonal. However, it is often featured on kimono that are to be worn in times in which one would want good luck, such as weddings, children's kimono for Omiyamairi and Shichi-go-san, and new years.

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

The kakuregasa is a magical bamboo hat, that when donned, protects the wearer from dangers by making them invisible.

A kasa (written 笠) is a wide, conical bamboo hat that is worn as a kind of umbrella to shield against rain, snow, or direct sunlight. In premodern Japan, it was used by people of all classes and there existed many permutations of the hat. Some were used in the field, and other, larger versions (ichimegasa 市女笠) were worn by women during travel, often with long pieces of sheer fabric and cords around the brim of the hat.

Auspicious Nature

As an auspicious motif, the kakuregasa design is worn in hopes that the wearer will be protected from dangers.

Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

The kakuregasa is generally depicted as a flying saucer-like disk with cords hanging from it.

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Authors & Contributors

Author/s: Evan Mason (hikari_evyon (IG Username))