What is a Japanese mask called?

© Samurai Armor, 18th Century, the Met Museum. Also referred to as Mempo, Men-yoroi is the umbrella term used to describe the protective and decorative facial armor worn by Japanese samurai. Under the men-yoroi title, there are many different kinds of samurai mask including somen, menpo, hanbo or hanpo, and happuri.

What is a Noh mask?

“A Noh mask is the face of an actor and can never be parted (from it). Actors puts them on inside the dressing room and the performance starts from there. Most people only see the performance on stage, but actors are already immersed in their roles from when they first face the mirror.”

What does Hyottoko mask represent?

Hyottoko mask represents a lucky mythical spirit with a clown-like funny face. Okame is the female version and represents goddess who spreads good fortune. Oni mask represents demon with comical or fearsome expression. This creature is easy to scare away.

What does a blue Kitsune mask mean?

Kitsune mask is a mask of a fox. It has meaning in religion and folk tradition. In Japanese culture, Fox has contradictory behavior. It can be benevolent (good) or malevolent (evil) depending on the situation.

Are oni masks evil?

Oni masks are a little bit similar to hannya masks, wherein both characters play evil roles. While its origins point to the oni being evil, its demon portrayal has mellowed down in recent times. In fact, oni creatures now are sometimes depicted as protective beings.

Can anyone wear a Kitsune mask?

Kitsune masks are highly valued in Japanese culture. They are masks used mostly during rice harvesting festivals and for fun. Anybody can buy and wear kitsune masks as they are not strictly for Japanese.

Who wears masks in Noh?

Noh masks are called omote in Japanese. They serve to characterize a certain role in a play. Noh plays seldom have more than 2-3 actors, and only the actor who represents the main role (“shite”) plus his companion (“tsure”) wear masks. The narrator (“waki”) never wears a mask.

Are Oni masks evil?

Why do samurai wear Oni masks?

The masks were effective in protecting the Samurai from facial injuries during battle. These practical disguises also became a fearsome sight across Japan and beyond.

Can I wear a Kitsune mask?

There are no strict rules for wearing these masks. Anybody who can afford them can buy them and wear any time. In Japan, we have said that they are commonly put during festivals during the rice harvest season. People who are not Japanese can still wear masks and attend the festivals.

What are the meanings of the Japanese masks?

Traditional Japanese masks are either archetypes borrowed from myths and gods or representing emotions, and they have been used in Shinto shrine festivals, rituals, and traditional drama called Noh. Some of them are quite popular Japanese masks that you can still see today. History of Japanese Masks

What are the colors of the Shinto mask?

The colors that are mostly used for this mask are red and white because Kitsune was mostly portrayed as being white in the legends. People believe that white in Shintoism suggests shared iconography and origin. Kitsune masks can be made out of different materials such as clay, dry lacquer, cloth, paper and wood.

Why do people wear fox masks at Shinto festivals?

Kitsune masks or fox masks are worn by participants in certain Shinto festivals or by attendees just for fun. Historically, foxes were viewed as magical creatures with the ability to shapeshift. They were also seen as messengers of Inari, the Shinto god of rice, commerce, and prosperity.

Why do Japanese people wear masks on Setsubun?

Oni masks are commonly used in Setsubun, which is the day people expel a bad fortune and invite a good fortune by throwing beans. This event is held both at shrines and at each household. Parents wear masks to play Oni to frighten their children.