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hair on the head
Kanji 1706

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Synopsis

Learn about historic Japanese hairstyles, including those resembling peaches or ginkgo leaves and one inspired by prostitutes, as well as a boxy pillow women used so as not to muss their hair. See what unexpected roles Edo-era barbershops played. Find out why you should grab the goddess's bangs, where to pray for your hair, and what Japanese men said about Marilyn Monroe.

Revision history:

Feb. 9, 2019: 

p. 1: The sound-alikes line was missing! It’s now there. 

pp. 2, 4, 19, and 20: Fixed broken links. 

p. 12: Revised the Otomi lyric translation and the discussion of that lyric. 

p. 19: Redefined “Kofun era” as “the third through the seventh centuries.”

Apr. 4, 2014: Originally published.

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