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Kakuremino

Motif Information
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Rōmaji Kakuremino
English Cloak of Invisibility
Kanji 隠れ蓑
Kana かくれみの
Season All-season
Seasonal Exceptions none
Auspicious Yes
Motif Type Auspicious
Pronounciation
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Kakuremino (lit. straw raincoat which hides) is one of the takarazukushi. It is worn by women and its male equivalent is the kakuregasa.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

The kakuremino 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 kakuremino is a magical straw raincoat, that when donned, protects the wearer from dangers by making them invisible. They are originally the possessions of oni or tengu. In modern Japanese, the term can be used to refer to a cover or front for illegal activities.

Auspicious Nature

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

Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

The kakuremino is generally depicted with a "3" shaped mantle with attached cords and straw flowing from it, often in three tufts.

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Authors & Contributors

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