The world has a myriad of mysterious masks, and Japan has some of the most iconic. There’s a tremendous diversity of visages to hide your face behind, and many have practical uses to this day. Whether you want to party or stay healthy, you’ll find something for you. Here are just a few types of masks you can find in Japan, and buy right now thanks to Yahoo! Auctions!
Enter the World of Noh
The expressive masks used for traditional Noh plays are instantly recognizeable. While there are dozens of different types, the three most famous include the female, old man, and demon. Even if you don’t plan on hosting your own Noh play anytime soon, they serve as striking decorations or fun collector items. The two featured include a traditional female mask, along with antique old man masks. There are many more varieties, so look for whichever one moves you!
Stay Safe with Medical Masks
You’ll find many people hiding behind masks in Japan, but not because they’re shy. Surgical masks are a common sight as they are said to prevent disease from spreading and defend against other viruses. Many use them to ward off hay fever, as pollen season hits many Japanese hard. There are many brands with thier own gimmicks and designs, but why not try some homemade ones? These sets of three masks each are made from scratch and are easily washable.
Fresh and Fashionable Facial Masks
Japan is no stranger to fashion trends, but I don’t think anyone quite expected facial masks to be the next hot topic. Moisturizing masks mimicking popular faces from Japanese art and history became a popular souvenier recently due to their high quality and fun look. Kabuki, geisha, samurai and more are represented with these easy to use goods. If you’re going to wear a mask for any reason, it might as well look stylish! The most popular brands include many designs from Pure Smile, as well as the award-winning Kabuki Face Masks.
Live Up the Night with Fox Masks
Summer is the season for festivals in Japan. While food, drinks, and games are common sights, you might also be surprised to find many people sporting masks. While traditionally these were based on animals or folkloric creatures, now plastic masks sporting popular characters are the norm. However, you can keep it old school with these traditional style fox masks. Most festival masks are actually worn on the side or the back of the head, so don’t worry if the eyes don’t line up perfectly!
Masked Heroism with Tiger Mask
Japan has a long history of pro wrestling, along with a colorful cast of masked heroes and villains. The most enduring of these is the fearless Tiger Mask. Originally a manga series, several real people have also donned the striped mask in the squared circle. While the design has changed over the years, they all share the distinct tiger stripes and white fur trim. Now, you can own one to display or wear yourself!
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