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KANSAI

“Hair Accessories and Makeup Sets Fabulous Fashion”

ZOHIKO URUSHI MUSEUM

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Kushi (combs), kanzashi and kōgai (types of hairpins) are three key accessories that Japanese women traditionally wore to decorate their hair. After the Edo Period (1603-1867), these three items became even more popular as young women began to loop and tie their hair into the then-fashionable mage style.

Maki-e, a lacquerware technique that originated during the Heian Period (794-1191), became a popular way to embellish such accessories with colorful designs in gold, silver and other metals. Besides the exquisite art of the Maki-e pieces, this exhibition showcases other beauty-related artifacts, including Japanese bindai vanity tables; till Oct. 1.

Zohiko Urushi Museum; (075) 752 7790; 10 Saishoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto; Higashiyama Station, Tozai Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥ 300. Closed Wed. www.zohiko.co.jp/museum/en.