The Samurai Face Masks

Samurai helmet with face mask

Samurai helmet with face mask, User:Yamaguchi先生

  • The purpose of the samurai metal mask is to protect the face from slashes and also scare the enemy.
  • The samurai painted inside of the mask red because they believed it gave them more “war-like” appearance.
  • The samurai mask has mustache and beard. The purpose of the mustache is to give it more natural look and also more war-like look. During the peaceful ego period all the men were asked to shave their beards because having a beard may mean the daimyos want to fight and want to revolt against the shogunate.
  • The mask has distinctive facial features including gold teeth.
  • Most masks looked like demons, devils and wild animals. The inner part was colored red because the samurai believed it looks more intimidating and warlike.
Antique Japanese (samurai) somen

Antique Japanese (samurai) somen, Thierry Bernard

  • The masks have a hole underneath for the sweat to flow as it gets to wear it during the battled.
  • During the peaceful times the samurai wore high bamboo hats when they were in the city to hang out as they didn’t want to be seen making a mistake.
  • Today the Japanese wear face masks because a) not to spread germs b) not to get sick c) not to have a dry mouth d) not be seen without make up e) not to get hay fever f) not to be bothered g) as a fashion item h) not to be seen doing a bad thing I) stay warm j) enjoy scented varieties


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